Each procedure has specific post-operative care instructions, which will be given to you prior to surgery. Following your surgery, it is critical to follow the instructions given to you regarding your specific procedure to ensure a safe and quick recovery.
In general, the following guidelines will assist in optimal recovery:
- Make sure that you have a relaxing spot to rest following your procedure. Depending on your surgery, you may have limited mobility for several days after your procedure. This means that pain medication, post-operative care instructions, and any entertainment should be within easy reach while you rest.
- For the first 10 days following your surgery, make sure to stay away from Aspirin. If you need additional pain relief beyond the painkillers that Dr. Cohen prescribes, you may take Tylenol. This should not be taken at the same time as your prescribed painkillers, as taking both at the same time can lead to liver damage.
- Take pain medication as directed. For the first few days following your procedure, it is important to keep pain managed so that the body can focus on healing.
- Do not drive or consume alcohol for at least 24 hours following your surgery. Follow the post-operative care instructions for your particular surgery, as many require you to wait longer than 24-hours before you can resume these activities.
- Avoid soaking or immersing any incisions after your surgery. You may shower within 48 hours, but you should avoid bathing until wounds have closed completely.
Please call the clinic immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Unusual pain, bleeding, swelling, or bruising
- Any signs of infection, like pus, redness, fever, chills, or excessive drainage
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- You do not understand the instructions provided to you