General post-operative instructions

  • Have someone drive you home and stay with you overnight after outpatient surgery.
  • Obtain prescriptions and dressing materials ahead of time.
  • Restrict physical activity. Specific instructions will be given by your surgeon.
  • A light/moderate diet is recommended. A stool softener may be helpful when narcotic pain medicines are used.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure to the area on which the operation was performed. If this is unavoidable, use a strong sunscreen as soon as permitted by your surgeon.
  • Keep your follow-up appointment with our office.
  • Notify your surgeon if you have problems, such as increased pain, swelling, redness, fever, loss of sensation or function or other significant concern.
  • Showering is usually permissible. Ask your surgeon.

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