Leep or Conization Of The Cervix

Post Operative Instructions

The Innovations Surgery Center is committed to ensuring that your post-operative experience is as comfortable as possible. The following information will help answer frequently asked questions and will help you understand some of the common experiences that may occur after your surgery. Please do not hesitate to call the office for any additional questions about your recovery.

  • Call the office to schedule a post operative appointment 2 – 4 weeks after your surgery.
  • Call your doctor right away if you experience:
    • Fever>100.4
    • Shortness of breath
    • Dizziness
    • Heavy vaginal bleeding
    • Severe pain not relieved with your pain medication


How much activity can I do after surgery?

You may resume regular activities in 1 day.

When can I resume sex?

Intercourse should be avoided for a minimum of 4 weeks.

When can I take a shower?

Shower as usual. Avoid tub baths until the spotting has stopped.

How should I manage my pain after surgery?

You will be given a prescription for Motrin prior to surgery (start Motrin after surgery) and a narcotic (Percocet, Tylenol 3, or Vicodin) at the hospital prior to your discharge. To be effective Motrin should be used in doses of 600 mg every 6 hours, or 800 mg every 8 hours. Narcotics should be used sparingly since they will cause constipation. The first several days following surgery, most patients use mainly Motrin or extra strength Tylenol during the day, with use of a narcotic sometimes at night to help with sleep. Using a heating pad on the lower abdomen is safe. Coughing can be uncomfortable initially because of abdominal discomfort. Placing a pillow on the abdomen to support your abdomen while coughing can be helpful.

How long will I have bleeding after surgery?

You can expect to have some mild brown/black discharge for up to 2 weeks. This should be mild. If you have heavy bleeding, like a period, please call the office. Minor vaginal bleeding can be present during the entire healing process of one month.

Should I follow a special diet?

You may have regular food as tolerated.