D&C and Hysteroscopy Postoperative Instructions

This page details postoperative instructions for dilation and curettage and hysterectomy procedures.

Unless your physician tells you otherwise, upon your arrival home, call Lifestages (277-8988) for an appointment approximately 4 weeks from the day of your surgery.


  • You may drive the day after surgery. Call Lifestages (277-8988) if you wish to take an extended trip.
  • Resume normal activity in 1 week.


  • Refrain from sexual intercourse, douching, tampons and tub baths for 1 week.
  • You may shower or kneel in a tub of water.

Your first period may be irregular. You may have some spotting for up to 4 weeks.

Call Lifestages (277-8988) immediately if you have:

  • A temperature of 101┬░ or higher
  • Constant, severe pain not relieved by rest
  • Bleeding (saturating a sanitary napkin every hour or passing large clots)
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • A persistent, foul-smelling discharge
  • Severe constipation unrelieved by a suppository or laxatives