(Frequently asked questions after surgery)
Will my doctor prescribe pain medication for me after surgery?
Yes. Your surgeon will provide you with a prescription for pain mediation before you leave the hospital. We are not able to provide a prescription prior to your surgery. Don’t wait until you are in pain to take any pain medication as it takes time to start working. Give adequate (48hrs) time to allow for any refills.
Will I be able to shower or bathe after surgery?
You may remove the dressing and shower 48 hours after your surgery. If you have steri strips in place, do not remove them; they will eventually peel off. No soaking, swimming or using a hot tub until the incision has completely heeled.
Will I need someone to stay with me after I come home from the hospital?
If you are going home the same day, the hospital requires someone to be with you for the first night. You may need someone when you are discharged to help with dressing changes or assistance with some daily activites if you have restrictions or young children.
Will I have restrictions after surgery?
You usually have restrictions after surgery such as a weight (10-15lb) limit, no driving or a particular diet. These depend on the type of surgery, but your physician will let you know, and be sure to ask on your post operative visit as they will be modified.
What can I eat? Do I need to change my diet?
Every surgery is different. Your doctor will tell you if you need to be on a special diet after surgery. Keep in mind that pain medications can be constipating, so you want to keep hydrated. If you do get some constipation, it is safe to take Milk of Magnesia.
How soon after surgery will I be able to travel?
That will also depend on the type of surgery and your recovery rate. You want to allow the optimum amount of time for you to feel well enough and not risk any complications due to excessive activity.
When should I seek medical assistance?
You should call the doctor or medical assistant if you are experiencing symptoms such as a rash, fever, vomiting or if your incision site is red or warm to the touch. Please feel free to call the medical assistant if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help you and make sure you are comfortable and confident in your recovery.
By Federal Law, the hospital has to document if you have an Advance Directive. If not, they legally have to ask you if you want information about Advance Directives. An Advance Directive is a legal document that allows you to state your choices for health care. It may also name someone to speak on your behalf if you are unable to express your wishes.
If you have one, it should be given to the physician or hospital to put in your chart. If you don’t have it with you, you can tell them what your directive says, and your wishes can be documented in your chart
You may request information on obtaining an Advance Directive.
If you don’t have one, it is not required.