Pre Operative Instructions
- Anesthesia will probably call you the night before your surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery or the day of surgery.
- Do not take anti-inflammatories-aspirin, advil, motrin or ibuprofen a week prior to surgery. You may take Tylenol.
- You may shower or bathe the morning of surgery. Do not put makeup or lotions on your body.
- Do not wear any eye contacts.
- Wear some comfortable clothing that is easy to take off and put on.
- Leave your valuables and jewelry at home.
- You will need to take your insurance card and driver’s license with you.
- You must have someone drive you home on the day of surgery.
- Should you have any questions or concerns, please call our main office at (972) 596-5225.
General Post Operative Instructions
- Rest at home the day of your surgery.
- Normal activities can be resumed as soon as tolerated. Activities such as walking and climbing stairs are allowed and encouraged.
- Avoid strenuous activities like running, weightlifting and lifting more than 10 pounds for about a week. Your doctor will discuss more specific restrictions at your post-op appointment.
- Do not drive or operate heavy equipment if you are taking prescription pain medicines.
- Your incisions are covered with a surgical glue. This is a waterproof dressing and will fall off on its own after two weeks or so.
- You may shower the following day.
- There is no need to cover or put any ointments on the incisions.
- Avoid submerging your incisions underwater for a week- i.e. swimming, jacuzzi and baths.
- If there is some drainage from the incision site, place a band-aid or a piece of gauze over the incision and call the office if it continues.
- Eat lightly the day of surgery- no heavy or fatty foods.
- Increase your diet as tolerated.
- Take 2-3 200mg Advil. Motrin, or Ibuprofen and 2 Extra-Strength Tylenol every 8 hours starting the day of surgery-unless allergic or unable to tolerate. It is ok to take them all at the same time. Taking every 8 hour scheduled anti-inflammatories and Tylenol can decrease or obviate your need for narcotics.
- If pain is not controlled with the above regimen, take the prescribed pain medication as needed.
- Pain medicine can be constipating. Stool softeners (Colace and Dulcolax) or MiraLAX can help. Do not take more than 2 doses in a day.
- Bloating after Laparoscopic Surgery is normal and will resolve over about 5 days.
- Redness around the incision is common in the first week and should resolve.
- You may experience low-grade temps-101 degrees or less for about 2 days.
- It can be difficult to urinate after surgery, If so, it is ok to get in the shower and see if this stimulates you. If not able to urinate after 8 hours, call the office.
- It is normal to not have a bowel movement for 3 days after surgery.
- Local anesthesia was injected around your incisions. This usually wears off in about 6-8 hours
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our main office at (972) 596-5225.
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