Surgical Procedures for Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer
- Thrombophlebitis (blood clots in the veins or lungs)
- Infection (at the wound site or deep inside the abdomen or pelvis)
- Vaginal and/or internal bleeding
- Bowel obstruction
- Injury to the intestines, bladder, or urinary tract
- Persistent pain
- Anesthesia-related problems, such as breathing trouble, reactions to the drugs, and poor pain relief
- Diminished sexual response
- Weight gain
- Nausea and vomiting (usually mild)
- Fistula formation, which occurs when a hole forms between the bladder, intestines, and vagina
- The first night after the surgery, you may be asked to sit up in bed and walk a short distance.
- If there is no evidence of complications and you are able to drink fluids on your own, the catheter in your bladder and IV will be removed.
- To promote healing, eat a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Depending on how much blood loss occurred during surgery, you may require a daily iron supplement.
- Try to avoid constipation by eating high-fiber foods, drinking plenty of water, and if necessary, using stool softeners.
- Shower instead of taking a bath for at least the first two weeks after your surgery.
- Keep your incision sites clean and dry.
- Do not douche or put anything in your vagina, such as a tampon, until your doctor tells you otherwise. Speak to your doctor about when you may resume having sexual intercourse.
- Take daily walks as tolerated.
- Avoid heavy lifting for four to six weeks.
- Ask your practitioner whether any type of physical therapy or nutritional counseling may be helpful to speed your recovery.
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Persistent or heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge, or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Severe pain
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision sites
- Problem with urination or bowel movements
- Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
- Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
- Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves or legs, sudden shortness of breath or chest pain
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- Reviewer: Igor Puzanov, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012
- Update Date: 09/26/2012