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Post-Op Instructions

Activity

You may return to normal unrestricted activity right after surgery, as long as you are not experiencing uncomfortable pain. Your level of discomfort should prevent you from over-exerting yourself: don’t lift or strain beyond the point where it hurts. You may climb stairs immediately.
It is normal to feel dizzy and sleepy after surgery. You may tire easily and not have a lot of energy for a few days to a week.

Restrictions:

  • Do not make any personal or business decisions for 24 hours.
  • No strenuous activity or heavy lifting for two weeks (6 weeks for weight training).
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as long as you are taking narcotic painkillers
  • or still experiencing significant pain.
  • You may resume sexual activity as soon as you can tolerate it without much
  • discomfort.
  • You may return to work as follows:
    • Relatively sedentary job: 2-5 days
    • Moderately physical job: 5-10 days
    • Physically taxing job: 10-14 days or later (check with your surgeon)

Dressing and Showering

Remove the dressing – or the Band-Aids if they are present – from your wounds two days following the surgery. You may begin to shower at that time; do not bathe. Leave the Steristrips (pieces of white tape directly on your wounds) in place and do not pull these off; they will eventually fall off on their own. You should need no further dressings.

Diet

Drink fluids and eat lightly on the day of your operation; then resume your usual dietary habits.
Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours or while taking pain medications.

Medications

Resume your normal routine medicines. You will be given a prescription for narcotic painkillers; you may take them as
prescribed. Beware that narcotic painkillers may make you drowsy or inattentive, and can also cause nausea and constipation. If the pain is not too severe, you may take instead two extra-strength Tylenol (or generic acetaminophen) by mouth every 4-6 hours as needed to control discomfort. Avoid taking ibuprofen (such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve) or aspirin for 48 hours after your surgery.

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