Post Operative Care

Following are some general post operative care instructions. Every surgery is different, and every patient is unique. Please talk to your physician and/or nurse and make sure you understand any post op instructions for your personal care.

Important Information

  1. Anesthesia
    You will have either a local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Please pay particular attention to the following for 48 hours: Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Avoid smoking. Do not drive a motor vehicle, operate machinery or power tools. If the patient is a child: no bicycle riding, skateboards, gym sets, etc. Do not make any important decisions or sign any legal papers. You may experience light headiness, dizziness and sleepiness following surgery. Please do not stay alone. A responsible adult should be with you. Rest at home with slow, moderate activity as tolerated. Progress slowly to your regular diet. Start with liquids, working up to solids. Eat slowly and chew your food well.
  2. Pain Management
    Please remember each surgery is different and you will be given specific information regarding your surgery. Please call anytime before your scheduled surgery to have your questions answered. Take prescription medication as directed. Do not drive, operate machinery or power tools, and avoid alcoholic beverages while taking this medication. Please do not take aspirin or medication containing aspirin for two weeks after surgery. This includes Anacin, Alka-Seltzer, Florinal, Empirin, Bufferin, Ascriptin, Excedrin, and some cold remedies. Do not take ibuprofen products. You may take Tylenol, extra strength Tylenol or Co-Tylenol. If you have any questions about a particular medication, please call our office.
  3. Dressings
    You will be sent home with your dressings on, and we will give you instructions on dressing changes. You may need to plan on having extra dressings available for your post op recovery time.
  4. Bathing
    You can usually shower within 48 hours. You will be given specific instructions regarding this. Do not soak the incisions for a long period of time. We do not want you in a bathtub or swimming until you get the ok from your doctor.
  5. Apply Ice
    You may find it soothing to apply cold packs to your surgery site.
  6. Elevate
    It is helpful to have extra pillows available to create more comfortable positions. Certain surgeries require you to have your head or legs elevated.
  7. Post Op Medication
    We will provide you with a prescription for pain pills, and if needed, a prescription for an anti-nausea medication and an antibiotic. These will be an additional expense. Please note, no prescriptions are refilled on the weekends.
  8. Reasons to call us immediately
    Please call if you have any problems or you experience: Unusual pain, bleeding, swelling, or bruising in operative area. Signs of infection: pus, redness, fever, chills or excessive drainage. Pain that the prescribed medication does not affect. Difficulty in breathing, persistent nausea or vomiting.