General Post Operative Instructions
- It is ok to shower 24 hours after your surgery. Avoid tub-baths, swimming pools, and hot tubs until the incisions are completely healed.
- Call the doctor's office for any problems with the incision, such as redness, undue swelling, fluid drainage, or signs of infection.
- Your body will require rest until you feel able to resume your normal routine, usually a week up to a month is needed for your recovery.
- It will take one month to six weeks until you are ready to resume heavy lifting (over 20 pounds) or any strenuous exercise. Until then, "Don't Overdo It!"
- You should have a prescription for a pain reliever such as Darvocet, Vicoden, or Lortab. These are preparations that combine a mild narcotic with acetaminophen, the ingredient in Tylenol. Do not take Tylenol while you are taking any of these prescriptions. Take this medication as prescribed, usually 1 or 2 tablets every 6 hours as needed.
- Pain relievers sometimes can cause constipation. A good method of prevention is to take a laxative such as Milk of Magnesia every day you have to use the pain pills.
- You may also use "over the counter" Ibuprofen (Advil) instead of your prescription or in combination with the prescription medicine. If you choose to use Ibuprofen along with your prescription, take it on a six-hour dosing schedule and alternate with the prescription every three hours.
- No driving while taking the prescription pain pills.
- No alcohol-containing drinks while taking the prescription pain pills.
- Call the doctor's office for a pain that is not controlled by your prescription or is getting worse, especially if accompanied by a fever. You should notice improvement and decreasing discomfort each day.
Dietary & Nutritional Guidelines