What Should Patients Expect During Recovery from a Cold Knife Cone Biopsy?

Recovery from a cold knife cone biopsy involves several key aspects:

  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort or cramping. Your doctor may also prescribe medication for pain if necessary.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activities, and sexual intercourse for 4-6 weeks to allow the cervix to heal properly.
  • Follow-Up Care: Attend follow-up appointments to monitor healing and discuss pathology results. Additional treatment may be necessary based on the biopsy findings.
  • Spotting and Discharge: Expect some spotting or discharge for a few weeks. Use sanitary pads instead of tampons during this time.
  • Signs of Complications: Contact your healthcare provider if you experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, fever, or foul-smelling discharge, as these may indicate complications such as infection or hemorrhage.