Vaginoscopy Post-Op Instructions

Because the scopes used in vaginoscopy are inserted through the urethra or vaginal opening, no cutting of the body is done during either of these procedures. Patients are usually given antibiotics in their IV when they are in the operating room, which decreases the likelihood of a urinary tract infection after the procedure.

The bladder can be irritated after the procedure and cause the feeling of having to urinate more often. We encourage you to urinate often and do not retain urine. There may be a small amount of blood in the urine, which can be normal for the first few days after.

Diet: Drink a lot of water after the procedure. Patients start with clear liquids after procedure and then progress to a regular diet as tolerated. The anesthesia can cause some stomach discomfort (nausea and/or vomiting) and a fever the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery.

Patients should drink enough water so that urine is mainly clear. Sometimes spicy foods or drinks with a lot of acid in them—including cranberry, grapefruit or orange juice—may cause some pain in the bladder. If this occurs, avoid these items for a few days.

Activity: After the procedure, you can participate in normal activities. If there is blood in the urine, relax for a few hours and increase water intake.

Call the nurse if you develop a fever of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, have chills, persistent bleeding, or cannot urinate.