Post Surgery

After surgery you can expect moderate discomfort. This discomfort should improve with the use of the prescribed pain medications. The greatest discomfort is usually during the first 24 hours. After this time you will find that you require less pain medication

After surgery you must have a responsible adult drive you home from Brampton Civic Hospital. You will not be allowed to drive yourself or use public transportation.

It is advised to have responsible adult stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours. Please make arrangements for someone to stay with you in advance.

The effects of anesthesia can persist for 24 hours. You must exercise extreme caution before engaging in any activity that could be harmful to yourself or others.

Drink plenty of fluids to maintain hydration and to flush out remaining drugs used in surgery.

Diet may be as tolerated. Eating foods that are bland and soft for the first day or so may be best tolerated. Crackers and gingerale are helpful for nausea. It is important eat a well balanced diet rich in protein to facilitate your incisions to heal well.

It is recommended to take the prescribed medications with food to prevent stomach

Avoid the use of alcoholic beverages 1 week before and after surgery as it can promote unwanted bleeding. Alcohol should not be consumed while you are taking your prescribed medication.

Please take all prescribed medication as directed. If you experience any generalized itching, rash, wheezing or tightness in the throat, stop taking all medications and call the office immediately, as this may be a sign of a drug allergy.

If you experience SEVERE PAIN not responding to pain medication; Swelling that is greater on one side than the other; incisions that are RED OR FEVERISH; a FEVER; or if any other questions or problems arise please call the clinic (905)-669-4800.

Keep any DRESSINGS ON, CLEAN AND DRY. Do not remove them until instructed to do so. There may be some bloody drainage on the dressings. If you have excessive bleeding or the bandages are too tight, call the office immediately.

After surgery it is important to have a bowel movement within a day or two. If you do not, you may take over the counter laxatives to encourage your bowels to move.

Minimal activity for the first 48 hours. No house cleaning, furniture rearranging, etc. Relax, be pampered, and let your body heal. The less energy you use on doing things, the more energy your body can focus on healing.

Limit lifting, pulling or pushing for 10 days.

Position after surgery is different with different types of surgery. If your surgery is from the waist up we ask that the head of the bed be elevated 45 degrees. This requires a pillow under the small of your back, two pillows under your shoulders and head, and if you have a pillow under each elbow you will relax and stay in position.

You are requested to remain within a reasonable traveling distance of the office for approximately ten days.

Once cleared to shower you may do so every day. Please do not use the bathtub for 6 weeks.

NO SMOKING for 2 weeks before and after surgery. Any cheating will delay healing.

You may drive two days after anesthesia, once you are off the pain pills, and when you experience no pain with this activity (you need to be able to react quickly).

All surgeries involve some scarring, which can take up to a year to fade. No matter how small they may be, we still want them to heal as well as they are able. Exposing red scars to the sun can cause permanent discoloration. A good sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) can help and will protect the surrounding tissues that might not feel a sunburn developing while the nerves are healing. Sunlight can even reach scars under a swimsuit, so take adequate precautions.

DO NOT use or submerge the incision sites in  a hot tub, lake, ocean or pool for 6 weeks.

AVOID sports or strenuous activities 4 to 6 weeks as your surgeon gives you clearance during your post-operative visits. This is to avoid any unnecessary complications (bleeding, bruising, swelling).

You may return to work when you feel able and are cleared to do so by your surgeon.

Feel free to call upon us at any time. We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your healing period.