Cone Biopsy (Conization) for Abnormal Cervical Cell Changes
What To Expect After Surgery
Right after surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where nurses will care for and observe you. You likely will stay in the recovery area for 1 to 4 hours, and then you will go home. In addition to any special instructions from your doctor, your nurse will explain information to help you in your recovery. You will likely go home with a sheet of care instructions and who to contact if a problem comes up.
Most women are able to return to their normal activity level in 1 week.
After a cone biopsy
- Some vaginal bleeding is normal for up to 1 week.
- Some vaginal spotting or discharge (bloody or dark brown) may occur for about 3 weeks.
- Pads should be used instead of tampons for about 3 weeks.
- Sexual intercourse should be avoided for about 3 weeks.
- Douching should not be done.
When to call your doctor
Call your doctor for any of these symptoms:
- A fever
- Moderate to heavy bleeding (more than you would usually have during a menstrual period)
- Increasing pelvic pain
- Bad-smelling or yellowish vaginal discharge, which may point to an infection
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: December 28, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology