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|At your first appointment we gave you a prescription to take to pharmacy. The prescription was for Emla cream. Emla cream will make it more comfortable for you to have a local anaesthetic. A local anaesthetic is an injection which is given in the area where we are going to cut. The cream will numb the area and the local anaesthetic will numb the area further. |
|You may apply this cream at home if you choose. If you want a nurse to apply it for you, you must come into the hospital one hour before your next appointment. Please bring the Emla cream with you to your appointment.|
|Before you apply the cream make sure the area is clean and dry, you may shave or wax the area if you want.|
What to do before you come to your appointment
|One hour before you come to your appointment to have the procedure:|
- apply a thick layer of cream to the outside and inside of the vagina where the scar is
- put the plastic dressing that we gave you at your first appointment over the top
- the dressing and cream will be removed before the procedure.
|If you feel any stinging or burning sensations, wash the cream off with warm soapy water. Tell the nurse about the stinging and burning when you arrive for your appointment.|
If you have any concerns, or you are not sure where to apply the cream the nurse will answer your questions?
Clinic contact details
|The Well Women’s nurses are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.|
|Tel: (03) 8345 3045 or 1800 442 007 (country callers)|
|The Royal Women’s Hospital does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or use of such information or advice) which is provided in this fact sheet or incorporated into it by reference. We provide this information on the understanding that all persons accessing it take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Dept.|
|Published October 2010|