Post Op Procedures

Discharge Instruction:

Activity:

  • Rest for the remainder of the day after your procedure.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy equipment for 24 hours.
  • No smoking for 24 hours without the presence of another responsible person.
  • No alcoholic beverages for 24 hours or while you are taking prescribed medications.
  • Avoid using stairwells without an accompanying adult for assistance.

Diet: Advance from clear liquids to your regular diet as tolerated.

Wound Care: Band-Aids may be removed after 24 hours and do not need to be replaced. Larger dressings should be kept on and changed daily until the underlying wound is well healed.

Bathing: Showers or baths may be taken the day after your procedure, unless otherwise instructed, changing the dressings after finishing.

Medications: Take all medications as directed. Take all antibiotics until they are gone or until told to stop by your physician.

Infection: Signs include fever, excessive redness or pus at wound site.

Neurological Changes: Numbness lasting over 24 hours that is different from your pre-procedure state. Inability to move an arm or leg; or new weakness that is over 24 hours old.

Difficulty Breathing: Continuous shortness of breath or painful respirations.

Adverse Reaction Medication: Rash, welts, or excessive itching call the physician on call. Shortness of breath – proceed directly to the nearest emergency room and notify the physician on call from there.

Urinary Retention: Inability to urinate for over 8 hours, call the physician on call.

Nausea or Vomiting: If persistent and unable to tolerate clear liquids for over 8 hours, call the physician on call.

In case of an EMERGENCY call 911 and/or go the nearest emergency room.