Postoperative Care Specialist

Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology

OBGYNs located in Fort Worth, TX

When you have any kind of OB/GYN surgery, you need compassionate support during recovery. At Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology in Fort Worth, Texas, the team of women’s health specialists cares for all your needs, including postoperative care. Book your postoperative care appointment by calling the office or scheduling online today.

Postoperative Care Q & A

What is postoperative care?

Postoperative care refers to your recovery care following gynecological or obstetrical surgery. The Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology team frequently performs procedures ranging from in-office treatments to minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and Cesarean sections. They offer the best in postoperative care for all types of surgery. 

What does postoperative care involve?

After your surgery, the team performs the immediate care you need in the hospital, and they give you specific advice to follow for a healthy recovery. Postoperative care includes:

Incision care

The incision size can range from button-sized, as in laparoscopic surgery, to a long incision, as with a C-section. With all incisions, keeping the surgical site clean and dry is very important. The team will tell you when it's okay to bathe or shower after surgery. 

Monitoring your incision

Monitor your incision every day as you perform incision care. 

Incisions commonly look mildly swollen and red, and sometimes you may have bleeding or clear discharge. If your incision swells significantly, turns an angry red color, or feels hot, you might have an infection. If that happens, contact Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology right away. 

Managing pain

It's normal to experience some pain after OB/GYN surgery. The team typically prescribes pain medication based on your needs; take it as directed when the pain starts. If you take the medication before the pain grows severe, it's easier to control. 

Eating and hydration

A healthy diet and plenty of hydration help you recover from surgery quickly. You may feel nauseated and reluctant to eat right after surgery, so light protein-dense meals are fine. 

Resuming normal activity

The team gives you specific guidelines about resuming your regular activities. For almost all surgeries, the team recommends walking soon after the procedure. Walking can reduce gas buildup, encourage bowel movements, and even help to prevent blood clots. 

These simple guidelines can ensure a smooth recovery so you can get back to the things most important to you. 

How long will I need postoperative care?

Recovery depends on the type of surgery, your general health, and how your body responds to the procedure. In general, you’ll need to see the Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology team at least once in the days after your surgery. 

By following your recovery guidelines closely, you can minimize recovery time, needing only a few days of downtime with some surgery. You may also return for a follow-up appointment within a few weeks. 

To learn more about postoperative care, call Fort Worth Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule an appointment online today.