Recovering From Surgery
Recovery takes time. It’s important to follow the post-operative instructions specific to your procedure. These instructions are included in the handouts we provided prior to your surgery. Please call us if you need another handout.
Many patients will not have a strong appetite after surgery. Try eating smaller, lighter and more frequent meals. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids. Use your anti-nausea prescription as needed. If you continue to experience nausea or vomiting, please call our office.
Many patients feel fatigued after surgery. Make sure to get plenty of rest and listen to your body. Mild exercise will help with the healing process, so make an effort to take a leisurely walk around your home or outside each day. Depending on the type of operation you had, it can take anywhere from one to three months to return to your previous energy level.
Remember to take your prescribed pain medications as directed. Discontinue any other pain medications you may have at home, unless you have discussed these additional prescriptions with your physician. If your pain does not subside, discuss your options with your doctor.
Most procedures require a post-operative check-up with your surgeon or our physician assistant. Follow-up care is dependent on your individual circumstances. After you arrive home, a nurse will contact you to ask how your recovery is progressing and to schedule follow-up care.
When to Call the Doctor
We encourage you to write down your concerns before calling so you don’t forget to tell us anything and also have your pharmacy name and number available. Please be aware we do not refill narcotic prescriptions over the weekend. Depending on the nature of your call, you may be instructed to go to the emergency room.
Call if you:
- Have a fever above 101.5 degrees, and/or “shaking chills”
- Are having difficulty urinating or signs of a urinary tract infection
- Have had no bowel movement for more than three days
- Are vomiting after eating
- Notice your incision is draining yellow/green fluid, is red like a sunburn and spreading or has increasing swelling or tenderness
- Feel an increase or sudden onset of severe pain
- Have any reaction to your pain medications such as a rash, itching or severe nausea
Seek care immediately if:
- You have chest pain and trouble breathing
- Cannot urinate on your own
Our team is always on hand to care for you and to ensure you are properly prepared for your surgery and recovery period. If you have questions, please call our office to speak with a nurse.