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Home Care Instructions

Typical Day:

  • Nausea and vomiting may occur after you go home.
  • You may be groggy or sleepy.
  • Anesthesia sometimes causes amnesia; you may not remember all of your discharge instructions.  Those who were with you should review your instructions with you after you get home.
  • Follow you surgeon’s instructions regarding your dressings.

Signs/symptoms to report to your doctor:

  • Excessive drainage/swelling from the surgical area.
  • If pain medication is not effective.
  • If temperature is greater than 101 degrees.
  • Do not hesitate to call your doctor’s office if you have any questions or problems.

Activity:

  • Get plenty of rest for the remainder of the day.
  • For your safety, have someone readily available to assist you.
  • Follow activity limitations as directed by your surgeon.
  • Maintain rest periods, but KEEP ACTIVE.
  • Take the opportunity to move around about 30 – 45 minutes after taking pain medication.  You will be more comfortable and more likely to have less hesitation to get up and move around.

Nutrition:

  • Start slow, with clear liquids and increase as tolerated.
  • Eat well-balanced meals for good wound healing.
  • Drink lots of fluids.

Additional Information:

  • Make an appointment for your follow-up visit as indicated on your instruction sheet.
  • You will receive a follow-up call from the surgery staff 24 – 48 hours post-surgery.  This is an opportunity to clarify any questions regarding your progress.

Pain Management:

  • Remember it is normal to have some pain or discomfort after surgery.
  • Take your pain medication with food as prescribed.  You should take it regularly for the first day (24 hours) or so to promote your comfort and help carry on activities at home.
  • If nauseated with taking pain medication, be sure to have some food in your stomach when you take the medicine.
  • Being comfortable helps you move with ease.
  • Avoid taking alcohol when taking pain medication.
  • Avoid driving while taking pain medication.
  • Contact your doctor if your pain medication is not effective in reducing/ relieving your pain.  You may need a different prescription.