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Go to your nearest emergency department if you experience bleeding, fever, severe pain or shortness of breath.
You may have some side effects from the surgery. This is normal. These side effects may last for many months.
If your lymph nodes were removed during your operation, your legs may swell. Lymph nodes control how your fluid moves in your body. To decrease swelling, raise your legs for several hours each day. For example, put them on 2 pillows when you are sitting. You may also need to wear special support hose when you are not able to raise your legs. Consult your doctor if this happens.
Keeping your incision (cut) clean is very important. This will help your healing and recovery. Always wash your hands before and after your vulvar care. Use clean towels and washcloths each time.
Avoid wearing pantyhose or girdles. They are tight and keep air from circulating in your vulvar area. This can increase the chance of infection.
You can usually have sex about 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery. Your vulvar area has to heal completely first. Your doctor will tell you when you have healed and are ready to have sex.
When you first start to have sex again, your vulvar area may feel numb or tender. This is normal. Remember that your vulva may have changed but your inside (your vagina) is the same. If your clitoris was removed, you will have less feeling or no feeling in that area. It is important that you and your partner get pleasure from touching other areas of your body. Other sensitive areas include: lips, ear lobes, breasts, and inner thighs. Keep an open mind. Touching, cuddling and stroking can give you great pleasure. After sexual activity, always empty your bladder (pee) and clean and dry your perineal area (the area between the anus and vagina).
Go to your nearest emergency department if you experience bleeding, fever, severe pain, or shortness of breath.
Call your clinical nurse specialist at 416 340 4800 ext. 3674 if you notice:
If you have any questions, please call your clinical nurse specialist at 416 340 4800 ext. 3674. For evenings, weekends and holidays, please call the Gynecology Surgical Oncology Inpatient Unit at 416 340 3521 and ask to speak with nurse in charge.