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POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

 

DIET:  When you return home after surgery, start with clear liquids and crackers. If tolerated, you may progress to a regular diet. For surgeries around the mouth and lower cheeks, eat a liquid to soft diet for the first week.  Cut soft food into small pieces to minimize mouth opening and do not use straws.

 

SHOWERING:  Keep the surgical area dry until advised otherwise.

 

ELEVATION:  Elevate the surgical area on 2-3 pillows if surgery was performed on the head, arms or legs.  For breast and abdominal surgery, sleep in “lounge chair” position with pillows under your knees and behind your back.

 

COLD COMPRESSES: A ziplock bag with ice cubes wrapped in a clean cloth (do not place the ice directly on the skin) should be applied to facial surgeries to help reduce swelling and bruising.  Apply for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off while awake for the first three days, whenever possible.

 

DRESSINGS:  If tapes or dressings have been applied, do not lift or remove them unless advised to do so.  Notify Dr. ______________ if garments become tight or uncomfortable.

 

PAIN MEDICATION:  Take your pain medication with food, when needed and only as prescribed. If you are experiencing pain unrelieved by your pain medication, notify Dr. __________.  Do not take aspirin or Advil type pain relievers for the first week after surgery.

 

ACTIVITY:  When getting out of bed, do so gradually to avoid dizziness. Do not exercise, lift heavy objects, drive, perform housework, or return to work until instructed to do so.  Stay out of the sun and heat, which can burn the fresh incision and increase swelling. Do take a few deep breaths every ½ hour while awake for the first two days after surgery.

 

GLASSES:  If surgery was done on your nose or cheeks, refrain from wearing glasses or tape them to your forehead until further notice.

 

ANTIBIOTICS:  If advised to do so, take antibiotics as prescribed and finish the entire prescription.

 

IF YOU HAVE A FEVER GREATER THAN 100, REDNESS, UNEXPECTED BLEEDING OR DRAINAGE, SUDDEN SWELLING, OR ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, YOU CAN REACH DR. ___________________________ AT  ____________________________  24 HOURS A DAY.  IF YOU HAVE A TRUE EMERGENCY, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

 

I have read and understand the above instructions, received a copy, and agree to comply:

 

 

Patient  Signature __________________________________________Date_______________

 

Witness Signature__________________________________________Date_______________

 

Caregiver Signature________________________________________ Date_______________