Important Points to Remember Following ANY Surgery
Be sure to CALL 911 if you are experiencing an emergency, including difficulty breathing, uncontrollable bleeding, and/or
Be sure to call the office if you experience:
- Fever: Any temperature reading of 100 degrees farenheit or higher.
- Constipation: Anything lasting more than three (3) days where over-the-counter solutions have been ineffective.
Over the counter methods we recommend include: A stool softener and/or milk of magnesia (MOM). Be sure to follow any and all on-package
Remember: Pain medication can cause constipation.
- Drainage: White, thick drainage or bright, red drainage from your incision site.
- Redness: New or increased intensity of redness or increased surface area of redness surrounding incision site.
- New Onset Pain: Any increased or new pain.
- WHEN YOU CALL: You will be transferred to a nurse. Be sure to inform him/her of your name, birth date, operating
physician, date of surgery, and any drug allergies you may have.
Normal Findings After Surgery
- You will have pain. Everyone's pain tolerance is different.
- For minor and laparoscopic procedures it is normal to be very sore three to four (3-4) days after your surgery. Each day thereafter, your pain should improve. So, for
example, your pain should start to improve (lessen) by day four (4).
- You may receive a prescription for pain medication. Be sure to use it if you need it, but remember not to drive while on pain
- Constipation is very common. If constipation results, start using over-the-counter stool softeners and/or
milk of magnesia (MOM) before calling the office. Follow the instructions on the package(s).
- You WILL NOT be 100% right away. Everyone's activity levels are different.
- You will not feel like getting off the couch for a few days. This is normal.
- Your surgeon will let you know about specific restrictions, but in general:
- You should not do any strenuous exercise for six to eight (6-8) weeks unless directed otherwise. No lifting over 10-15
pounds. For example, a gallon of milk weighs 8 pounds.
- You may walk as much as you want (unless otherwise directed).
- Use your best judgement when deciding on activities. IF IT HURTS, DO NOT DO IT. It is natural to be
sore the day after strenuous activities.
- Your incision site(s) will be red and may drain.
- In general, you can remove dressings and shower after TWO (2) FULL DAYS following your surgery, unless
- The dressings may be removed more easily in the shower, when the tape is wet.
- DO NOT remove the small strips of tape ("steri-strips") that may be present UNDER your bandages.
- DO NOT soak healing incision site(s), for example, in a bath, hot tub, or swimming pool.
- Clear to light pink/red drainage is normal for a few days after surgery. You may apply loose dressings to stop any
drainage from soiling clothing.
- Call the office for a follow-up visit one to two (1-2) weeks after your surgery. This is when we check your incision
site(s) and remove stitches and/or drains, if necessary.
- BE SURE TO RESUME any medications that were halted for the surgery when prescribed BY YOUR SURGEON.
- The office is open for questions or concerns Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm, Friday 8-4pm. For after hours issues, call the Medical Exchange
at (314) 364-5362.
- If you are experiencing an emergency at any time, CALL 911.
- For links to instruction sheets about your specific procedure's after-care, click the links in the left-hand margin of this page.
- For more information about your procedure, click the Procedures tab at the top of the page.