During a hysteroscopy, your doctor guides a lighted tube through your cervix and into your uterus to view the inside. For dilation and curettage in Arizona, your doctor uses a curved tool, called a curette, to gently scrape tissue from your uterus.
Following these procedures, you are likely to have cramps or a backache similar to menstrual cramps. Small clots of blood will pass from your vagina for the first few days and you might experience light vaginal bleeding for several weeks following the procedure.
Today we’re sharing information regarding all the aspects of what you can expect following a dilation and curettage in Arizona.
How can you care for yourself at home?
Activity: Rest when you feel tired. Most women are able to return to work the day after the procedure. Wear sanitary pads if needed, but do not douche or use tampons for two weeks or until your doctor says it’s okay. Ask your doctor when it is okay to have sex. If you could become pregnant, talk about birth control with your doctor, but do not try to become pregnant until your doctor says it is okay.
Diet: You can eat your normal diet following a dilation and curettage in Arizona. If your stomach is upset, try bland, low-fat foods like plain rice, broiled chicken, toast, and yogurt. Drink plenty of fluids.
Medications: Your doctor will tell you if and when you can begin taking your medications and provide instructions about taking any new ones. If you take aspirin or another blood thinner, be sure to talk to your doctor. He or she will tell you if you should stop taking these medicines before your procedure.
Be careful with medicines – read and follow all instructions on the label. If the doctor gives you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed. If you are not taking prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
If your doctor prescribed antibiotics, take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.
When you need to call for help following a dilation and curettage in Arizona.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
• You passed out;
• You have serious trouble breathing;
• You experience sudden chest pain and shortness of breath, or you cough up blood;
• You have sudden, severe pain in your stomach;
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
• You have severe vaginal bleeding – this means that you are soaking through your usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours;
• You pass blood clots that are larger than a golf ball;
• You have a vaginal discharge with a bad odor;
• You are sick to your stomach or cannot keep fluids down;
• You have pain that does not get better after you take pain medicine;
• You have a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
• You have trouble passing urine or stool, especially if you have pain or swelling in your lower belly;
• You have pain, discomfort, or bleeding with sex;
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments and call your doctor or nurse if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medication you take handy.
Watch closely for changes in your health and be sure to contact us if you do not get better as expected. Ready to schedule your dilation and curettage in Arizona? Call us today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your options and recovery procedure.