YOUR CLINIC FOLLOW−UP APPOINTMENTS ARE LISTED ON YOUR DISCHARGE SUMMARY.
- Bring your discharge summary and all medications in the bottles with you.
- Call (210) 450-0999 if unable to keep appointment
- Take ONLY the medications listed on your discharge summary
- Discard old medications
- Please review Medication list carefully, compare medications picked up from pharmacy with discharge medication list
WOUND CARE :
- Shower daily and wash incisions with mild soap/water.
- Do not soak or submerge incisions in water– No baths, swimming pools or hot tubs.
- The top layer of your skin may be sealed with surgical glue, you may experience flaking of the glue around the incision ~10−14 days. The incision should remain closed.
- It is normal for your incision to be bruised, itchy, numb and/or sore.
- Do not use creams, lotions, ointments or powder on the incisions
- Take pain medication when pain first begins. It works better if you don’t wait until you are in severe pain.
- Use your medication only as directed. If the pain does not get better or if it gets worse, call us.
- Medications taken by mouth need at least 20 minutes to take effect.
- Take pain medication before any activities that increase pain (for example: walking, using the breathing machine)
- Most pain medications will cause constipation. It is easier to prevent constipation with prune juice or a bulk laxative (examples include Metamucil or Benefiber) than to wait until it becomes severe.
- Non−drug methods such as ice, heat and relaxation can also help decrease pain.
- Many pain medications can cause drowsiness, avoid alcoholic beverages and operating heavy machinery while taking pain medication.
ACTIVITY DO’S AND DON’TS:
- Do get some light exercise daily. Walking is the best choice.
- Do NOT lift any object weighing more than 5 pounds for 4 weeks, approximately the weight of 1 gallon of milk in each hand.
- Do NOT drive for 6 weeks or until cleared by your physician.
- Do NOT drive while taking pain medication
- Do NOT return to work or school until cleared by clinic physician.
- Refrain from sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery
- Do NOT swing a golf club, fire a rifle, wear a backpack, push, pull, lift or drag any object heavier than 5 lbs or participate in any activity that applies pressure to your chest or shoulders for 8 weeks
- Avoid added salt, decrease intake of fats, cholesterol
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet to help your wound heal.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR INCISIONS EVERY DAY FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Opening in the incisions
- Redness; (a small, non−tender rim less then 1/4″ on edge of incision is probably normal)
- Excessive tenderness
- Drainage (yellow or bloody, or any fluid with an odor)
- Temperature above 101 degrees
IF ANY OF THE ABOVE OCCURS CALL 210-450-0999 to report your problem/concern.
FOR ANY LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY, CALL 911.