After surgery you will be monitored closely in a high dependancy ward. In most cases this is only for one night. Following this you are transferred back to post natal ward.
After surgery, women are usually monitored closely in a high dependency ward. In many cases this is only for one night.
On average it takes up to 6 weeks to recover from surgery. For some women this may be longer, and will depend on many things such as if any complications happened.
-On discharge from hospital, women will be given a prescription for pain relief and any other medication that such as the blood thinning injections, antibiotics or iron supplementation. It is important to take these medications as directed.
The physiotherapists may give women some exercises to perform at home . It is recommend to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for the first 6 weeks. In Ireland, it is recommended that women with placenta accreta spectrum are seen by a physiotherapist during the pregnancy, and again after the birth. Therefore, women with placenta accreta should have been reviewed by a physiotherapist during the pregnancy, and the physio team may arrange a visit in the weeks after the birth after you are discharged from hospital.
Women are advised not to drive for 6 weeks after the birth. You should check with their insurance company for guidance.
A public health nurse may visit women at home after the surgery. If staples were used to close the skin, the public health nurse will usually remove these 7-10 days after the surgery.
Placenta accreta service postnatal clinic: women who were cared for by the placenta accreta specialist team will often be reviewed in a specialist follow up clinic at around 6 weeks after the birth. Depending on each woman’s care needs, longer term follow up will be arranged as needed through this clinic.
If women have any concerns or are feeling unwell after the surgery it is important to contact the hospital.
Some women may experience mental health changes following the birth of their baby. These may include:
There are many support services available for women who are experiencing physical or mental health problems after the birth. These include through the placenta accreta postnatal clinic, the perinatal mental health team, women’s GP or seeking support from an advocacy group such as Placenta Accreta Ireland.