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Discharge Instructions for Oophorectomy

You had a procedure called oophorectomy, the surgical removal of ovaries. These walnut-sized organs in your pelvic area make and release the eggs that can grow to become a baby when combined with a man’s sperm. Ovaries also make hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle (also called your period). Your periods may stop after an oophorectomy if you were still menstruating before the surgery. You may experience other symptoms of menopause as well, such as hot flashes.A hysterectomy to remove the uterus is often done with oophorectomy.

Front view of woman's pelvis showing uterus and ovaries.   Activity

  • Rest when you are tired.

  • Take your medication exactly as instructed by your doctor.

  • Continue the coughing and deep breathing exercises that you learned in the hospital.

  • Listen to your body. If an activity causes pain, stop.

  • Limit your activity for 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds.

  • Avoid strenuous activities, such as mowing the lawn, vacuuming, or playing sports.

  • Limit your activity to regular short walks. Gradually increase your pace and distance as you feel able.

  • Don’t drive for 2 weeks. You may ride in a car for short trips.

Other Home Care

  • Don’t put anything in your vagina until your doctor says it’s okay.

    • Don’t douche.

    • Don’t use tampons.

    • Don’t have sexual intercourse.

  • Shower as needed.

    • Wash your incision gently with mild soap and warm water.

    • Keep your incision clean and dry.

  • Check your temperature each day for 1 week after your surgery.

  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.

  • Avoid constipation.

    • Use laxatives, stool softeners, or enemas as directed by your doctor.

    • Eat more high-fiber foods.

    • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, unless directed otherwise.


Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.


When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C) or chills

  • Bright red bleeding or foul smelling discharge from your vagina

  • Trouble urinating, or burning during urination

  • Severe abdominal pain or bloating

  • Redness, swelling, or draining at your incision site

  • Shortness of breath

  • Increasing pain with or without activity


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