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Post Op Instructions

Diet

Diet

After most out patient operations patients may resume eating a regular diet on the day of surgery. However, one potential side effect of anesthesia is nausea, and even emesis (vomiting). Therefore , it is best to begin drinking a small amount of liquids first. If you are able to tolerate liquids, then you may begin eating small portions of regular food.

Exercise

Exercise

With most operations (open and laparoscopic) you may return to light activity when you feel comfortable. Light activity means not lifting or pushing objects more than 20 lbs. and not doing any cardiovascular activity more vigorous than walking. You are encouraged to walk even during the first several days after an operation. Walking reduces the risk of a blood clot forming in the lower extremities. After most operations you may begin vigorous activity in 6 weeks.  It is always best to ask Dr. Dietrick about returning to specific activities that you are interested in.

Post Operative Pain

Post Operative Pain

Most discomfort after surgery is at the incision site and is quite variable from person to person, even for the same operation. Patients are given a prescription for an analgesic (pain medication) in the office before surgery or in the hospital after the operation. If you are prescribed a medication that you have had a reaction to in the past, please call the office immediately for an alternative medication. Also, if you believe that you are developing a reaction to the medication you have been prescribed, or have questions about your other medications, please call Dr. Dietrick.

Driving After Surgery

Driving After Surgery

One of the most frequently asked questions by patients about to undergo an operation is “when may I resume driving after surgery”. While the answer to this question will be different for each operation, a general guideline is not to drive while your full range of quick movements are limited by discomfort. Driving is also not safe if you are taking any prescription analgesic medication.

Incision Care

Incision Care

Most incisions are closed with absorbable sutures that are buried under the skin and the skin is then sealed with a biologic “glue”. Since absorbable sutures dissolve with time, they do not require removal. Occasionally, sutures or metal “staples” are used to close the skin. It is not unusual for incisions to leak or drain small amounts of blood or body fluid during the first few days after an operation. If this occurs, place a dry gauze over the incision and change the gauze “dressing” if and when it becomes moist. You may shower the day after surgery but you are encouraged to keep the incisions from becoming “soaked”. In other words, avoid allowing the stream of water in the shower to pour directly onto the incision. Do not take baths and do not swim or soak in a hot tub until after Dr. Dietrick has had an opportunity to see your incision at the first post operative visit. It is usually best not to apply peroxide, betadine, antibiotic ointments, creams or lotions to an operative incision after surgery. It is also not necessary to wash the incision, the first several days after an operation. It is acceptable to lightly wash an incision beginning about 5 days after surgery with mild soap and water.  If you have any questions or concerns about the healing process it is always best to call the office to arrange a time for Dr. Dietrick  to examine your incision, even if it is sooner than your next scheduled visit.

Follow Up Appointment

Follow Up Appointment

Patients must call the office to make an appointment for their first postoperative visit after surgery. The length of time between surgery and your follow up first appointment will depend upon the type of operation. Any time you have questions or concerns regarding your recuperation after surgery, call the office.

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Office: (813) 971-2470
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