The anesthesia from the vaginal rejuvenation surgery usually wears off the afternoon of the surgery and most patients can actively be up and about but also should caution into consideration. Routine tasks are encouraged as long as there is no irritation or pressure at the incision sites, but make sure to not participate in strenuous activity such as heavy lifting. During the first 24-48 hours after surgery, patients should make sure to place ice packs or frozen items, such as frozen peas for example, on their incisions to order to minimize any swelling and bruising. Loose clothing and cotton underwear, or “granny panties,” are mandatory. By 72 hours you may resume regular activities, but you should also make sure there is minimal friction to the incisions. Patients may drive after 2 days as long as they are not taking any sort of narcotics. A week off of work is ideal, but if the healing process is working efficiently then patients may return to work within 4 days as long as there is no rigorous physical activity involved. During the 6 week of recovery, patients are on pelvic rest (no intercourse or tampons) and should avoid bath tubs/hot tubs or swimming in the lake or ocean. Rigorous exercise such as cycling or strenuous activities like horseback riding, jet skis, motorcycles and four wheelers should be avoided during the recovery period.
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