Relief of pain

The local anaesthetic that you have had will wear off in the next 1 to 2 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 as long as you don’t have a condition (such as a stomach ulcer) that prevents you using them.

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.

Check with your GP if you have been prescribed other analgesia.


You should try and rest as much as much as possible today.


You can bathe as usual.

The pathology result

This is normally available 2 to 3 weeks after the sample has been taken.


The signs of infection can be any of the following:

  • High temperature
  • Persistent bleeding and blood clots
  • Difficulty passing urine or not passing urine for 8 hours

Be vigilant for bleeding if you take anticoagulants, e.g. Aspirin or Warfarin.

Specific advice

You may get mild discomfort in your back passage. Semen will be discoloured for up to six weeks. Drink plenty of fluid if there is blood in your urine.

Post anaesthetic instructions

  • You must be accompanied home by a responsible adult age 18 year +
  • You must not be left alone for 48 hours after your anaesthetic.
  • Do not lock the bathroom or toilet door for the next 48 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for the next 24 hours
  • No driving a car or riding a bicycle for the next week unless advised otherwise. Licence holders wishing to drive after surgery should establish with their own doctors when it would be safe to do so.
  • No alcohol or sleeping tablets for 48 hours.
  • No using anything that could potentially cause harm, such as a kettle, cooker or iron for the next 48 hours.
  • No signing legal documents for the next 48 hours.
  • No looking after young children alone for the next 48 hours.

If you have any questions or require further advice, please contact:                    

8am – 7pm
Day Surgery Unit

If you have any serious concerns outside of these hours please contact either your own GP, 111, Accident and Emergency or the Minor Injuries Unit.

Ref: 04/21/21
Review: 06/23