Post Operative Guidlines

Bandage and Incisions

Remove the outer bandages in 3 days.  Leave steri-strips over the incisions. Ok to shower after you remove the bandages with a mild soap and water.  No tub baths, hot tubs or swimming pools.

It is not necessary to cover your incision.  You may use Band-Aids if you desire
Check the incision for unusual redness or swelling. You may have bruising and swelling.


Take the prescribed pain medications with food and as directed.

Constipation can occur due to decreased mobility and prescribed pain medication, begin taking an over the counter stool softener daily to aid in bowel movements.  (miralax or milk of magnesia)

Place ice to incision for 20 minutes at a time. (place a barrier between the ice and your skin)

Chest or shoulder discomfort may occur, especially after sitting or walking.  Lying down for short periods generally relieves this.  A heating pad to the upper chest and shoulder for short intervals may be helpful (20 min.)

Pain Medication

You will be given a prescription for pain medication, take as directed.  It is important that the medication be taken with food to decrease stomach upset.  Constipation is a potential side effect from the pain medication.  Increasing water intake may help prevent constipation.  An over the counter laxative or stool softener can also be helpful.

DO NOT DRIVE while you are taking pain medication.  It can make you drowsy and dizzy.

Percocet is a narcotic pain reliever which contains acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Oxycodone.

Vicodin and Norco are narcotics and also contain Tylenol.

WATCH the acetaminophen (Tylenol) content of other over-the-counter and prescription products while taking narcotics.  DO NOT take more than a total of 4gm (4000mg) of acetaminophen (Tylenol) per day or 3200 mg of Ibuprofen per day.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.  Take with food or milk if it upsets your stomach.

DO NOT drive a car, operate machinery, or perform other hazardous activities.  Narcotics may cause drowsiness or dizziness.

AVOID alcohol while taking narcotics.  Alcohol may increase the drowsiness and dizziness caused by narcotics and could be dangerous.  Also, acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be toxic to your liver when taken with as little as 2 drinks of alcohol.

AVOID sleeping pills, tranquilizers, sedatives and antihistamines except under the supervision of your doctor.  These medications also may cause dangerous sedation.

Narcotics may cause constipation. Drink plenty of water (6-8 full glasses a day).  Increase the amount of fiber in your diet.  A tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia can be helpful if you are constipated.


Keflex and Cipro are antibiotics.  Antibiotics are used to help prevent infection.
Be sure to finish your antibiotics as prescribed.  Take a probiotic or eat yogurt to avoid diarrhea while taking antibiotics.

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