Enhanced Recovery Canada™ (ERC) resources for patients undergoing gynecologic surgery explain how to prepare for surgery and what you can do to feel better and safer, in the hospital and at home. These resources include instructions on things like eating and drinking, physical activity and controlling your pain and nausea.
Gynecologic surgery is a surgical procedure on any part of a woman’s reproductive system, including the vagina, vulva, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Some women may also need surgery on their urinary tract, which may include the bladder.
There are several ways to do the surgery. Your surgeon will explain which one you will have.
In a laparoscopic procedure, the surgeon will make four to six small cuts in your belly. With the help of a small camera, the surgeon uses special instruments to look at, and if needed remove the unhealthy part of the organ(s) affected, through these small cuts. In an open surgical procedure, the surgeon makes a single cut on your belly that is larger (about 10 to 20 cm). The surgeon can remove the unhealthy parts of the organ(s) affected without using a camera.
Our patient booklet and animated resource are designed to help you navigate the surgical journey, including after you’re discharged. They offer evidence-informed approaches that can reduce complications after surgery and the length of time you stay in the hospital. They can also make your experience in the health system better, helping you work as a team with your healthcare providers.