Minor Surgery

Because you have had minor surgery you will need to take special precautions to ensure your recovery period is an uneventful one.


  • Do NOT over exert yourself until the wound is fully healed.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise and sexual activity for as long as Dr Patton has advised you.
  • Exercise gently
  • Shower daily


  • Eat a healthy, well balanced diet with plenty of fluids
  • Avoid constipation


  • Continue with adequate pain relief as long as necessary. If pain persists, seek advice.
  • You may have vaginal loss for up to two weeks. If this gets heavy (particularly heavier than a usual period) or is offensive you must contact Dr Patton's rooms for advice.
  • If you have hot flushes, fever, abdominal cramps or voiding (passing urine) problems, please telephone Dr Patton's rooms for advice.

Wound Care

  • Keep the wound clean by washing gently and patting dry
  • The wound dressings can be taken off and left off after 48 hours
  • Do NOT apply any creams or powders to the wound until fully healed
  • Usually stitches are fully dissolvable but if preferred you may snip them out after one week, using sterile scissors.

Dr Patton will contact you by telephone after your surgery within a couple of days. If he fails to reach you by telephone he will write you a letter.

Your referring doctor will receive a written report from Dr Patton with the outcome of your operation.

If for any reason you are unable to get hold of Dr Patton's rooms for advice please contact your General Practitioner or the hospitals on:

Rockingham General Hospital 9599 4000
Peel Health Campus 9531 8000

This information is provided as a guide only and should not be substituted for medical care.