Relief of pain

The local anaesthetic that you have had will wear off in the next one to two hours.

Provided you do not have an allergy to the painkiller, it is safe to use over-the-counter painkillers to reduce your pain so you can be more active.

It is important to use painkillers carefully, as they have side effects. Paracetamol is the simplest and safest painkiller. However, always get advice before taking paracetamol if you have liver or kidney problems

You could also try anti-inflammatory tablets like Ibuprofen.

Always take your painkillers at regular intervals at the recommended dose / exactly as prescribed. This is to make sure they work as well as possible for you. The aim is for pain control to be constant.

Putting off taking painkillers can make the pain more severe. It may then take longer to get it under control when you do take them.

If over-the-counter painkillers do not work, ask for help from your GP or pharmacist.

Changing position and using a pillow to support the wound can help reduce discomfort.

Please do not use a hot water bottle as this can lead to scalding of the skin. 

Bathing/wound care

Keep the wound clean and dry. Do not use soap, talcum powder or a flannel. Organise your showering around dressing changes. The District Nurse will organise a time with you if you are unable to get to the surgery.


No swimming until the wound is healed. No bicycle riding for 6-8 weeks.


  • Infection
  • Temporary difficulty in passing urine

If you are concerned about any of the above, see your practice nurse promptly, taking this leaflet with you.

Your practice nurse is the first point of contact. They will be able to assess your wound if you suspect it is infected.

Specific advice

  • Wear loose underwear
  • Keep your bowels regular (do not strain)
  • No driving for 7-10 days.

Licence holders wishing to drive after surgery should establish with their own doctors when it would be safe to do so.


The operation site will be checked for bleeding before you leave the department.

Ref: 10/22/143

Review: 02/24