How You Might Feel After Your Operation

  • You may feel slightly nauseated after surgery
  • The anaesthetic may cause you to feel dizzy or sleepy for 24 hours
  • You may have a slight temperature for 2 days
  • It is normal to have a slightly red, swollen incision.
  • It is normal to have a small amount of oozing from pink to dark red from your incision.

You need to call your doctor if:

  • Your temperature is higher than 101°F or 38.5°C;
  • You have bright red bleeding from your incision;
  • You have more than a small amout of swelling around your incision;
  • You develop an infection, e.g., increased redness, swelling and pain at your incision and/or you develop a “smelly” discharge;
  • You develop nausea, vomiting, diarrhea which persists after 24 hours.
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department.

For 24 hours after your surgery do not…

  • Drive a vehicle
  • Operate heavy equipment
  • Drink alcohol
  • Smoke
  • Make any important decisions

How should I care for myself after surgery?

  • Nutrition: eat light foods for the first day, such as tea, toast, soup and Jello®
  • If diabetic, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet and medication

Activity and Exercise

  • Have a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours.
  • You will need to rest for a few days following your surgery.
  • Avoid any activity that strains the areas of your surgery.
  • No heavy lifting.
  • Consult with your surgeon about resuming normal activities and returning to work.

Pain and Medication

  • Take only the medication for pain that is prescribed by your surgeon.
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice on resuming your routine medications

Surgical Area

  • Keep area clean and dry.
  • If you have a drain (tube) in place and it falls out, do not panic. Call your surgeon. Do not try and put it back in.
  • If the incision opens up, cover with a clean dressing and call your surgeon.
  • If you start to have bright red bleeding that soaks through your dressing, put a clean cloth over the incision, apply pressure with your have and call your surgeon.
  • If you have stitches in, your surgeon will tell you if and when they should be removed.
  • Shower 24 hours after surgery. Apply clean dressing. Do not remove steri-strips.

Follow-Up Care

  • Be sure to ask your surgeon if you need to return for a visit.
  • By following your instructions and taking good care of yourself, you should recover quickly and safely.
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