Laser vaporization of the vulva is the burning of tissue from one side (or both sides) of the skin that create the vagina opening. It is also used for genital warts.
Reasons for Laser Vaporization
Patients will have this treatment when they have abnormal cells (dysplasia) or difficult to treat genital warts. These cells can lead to cancer if untreated. Laser vaporization helps to remove all the abnormal tissue. Most patients have very few problems after treatment.
Use ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) up to 600 mg every 6 hours as needed for pain. Do not take more than 2400 mg in a day. You may also be prescribed a narcotic pain medicine. Take this as directed.
Keep the area clean and dry.
You can shower but pat the area to dry afterwards (do not scrub).
No tub baths, swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes etc. for 2 weeks.
Pat the area dry after you urinate (pee). You may notice spotting for a few days. This is normal.
Use the Silvadene Cream on the treated area as much as you need to.
Wear cotton underwear.
Use a mirror to check daily for signs of infection, such as:
You can resume most normal daily activities. Avoid anything that causes pain.
There are no limits on lifting.
Nothing in the vagina for 2 weeks. This means no douching, sex or tampons.
Most patients have a follow up visit in 2-3 weeks. We try to schedule this visit before your treatment. If you do not have a visit scheduled, please contact our office.
When to Call
Call if you have:
Questions or concerns about your discharge instructions
Fever over 100.4 degrees, for two readings, taken 2 hours apart
Severe pain that is not relieved by pain medicines
Signs of infection
Chest pain or shortness of breath
Leg swelling, redness or pain
Dizziness or faintness (passing out)
Frequent or urgent urination
Who to Call
8 am- 5 pm, Monday- Friday
After hours, holidays and weekends, your call will be answered by an operator. Leave your name and phone number with area code. Someone will call you back.