How will I feel after my surgery?

  • You may feel slightly nauseated after surgery.
  • You may feel light-headed, dizzy or sleepy for 24 hours after an anaesthetic.
  • You may have a slight temperature for two (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 amount 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, diarrhoea which persists after 24 hours.
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department.

For 24 hours after surgery:

  • Do not drive
  • Do not operate heavy equipment
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not make any important decisions
  • Do not blow your nose.
  • Cough or sneeze with your mouth open.

How should I care for myself after my surgery?

  • Nutrition: eat light foods for the first day, such as tea, toast, soup or Jello® and drink extra fluids.
  • If you are diabetic, follow your doctor’s orders for 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 area of your surgery.
  • Ask your surgeon when it is safe to return to your regular activities and work.

Hygiene:

  • Your surgeon will tell you when you may have a bath or shower and wash your hair.

Medication:

  • Take only the medication for pain that your surgeon prescribes.
  • Follow your surgeon’s order about when to start taking your routine medications.

Surgical Area:

  • Keep area clean and dry.
  • If the incision opens up, cover with a clean dressing and call your doctor.
  • If you start to have bright red bleeding that soaks through your dressing, put a clean cloth over the incision, apply pressure with your hand and call your surgeon.
  • If you have stitches, your surgeon will tell you if and when they should be removed.
  • Do not get water in ear.
  • Do not lay on operative side.

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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