1. Avoid strenuous activity for the next few days. It is normal to feel tired and run down after surgery.
2. Pain medications all tend to be constipating. Plan on taking your prescribed stool softener to avoid this problem. No driving when you are taking prescribed pain medication, which is illegal.
3. You have Dermabond for a dressing, this is wound glue. Sometimes it may leak around the glue out of the incision. If this occurs, the easiest thing to do is to wear a sanitary pad in your underwear up high to cover the incision. They are very absorbent, have a moisture barrier and are inexpensive.
4. We generally place a drain to reduce the formation of a seroma (a collection of fluid where the abscess used to be). Please empty and record the discarded volume twice daily, more if necessary. This drain will be removed when you return for your postoperative appointment with our office. Don’t forget to bring the record of drainage, so we can determine when to remove the drain.
5. You may shower and get your incision wet, but do not submerge the incision; so no baths, hot tubs or swimming.
6. Call our office if you have any of the following:
Temperature of greater than 101 degrees
Vomiting more than 2 days after surgery, or inability to keep down liquids.
Inability to urinate
Please call our office at 754-1286 if you have any questions or problems.