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

DISCHARGE MEDICATIONS

  • 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

PAIN MANAGEMENT

  • 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

DIET:

  • 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:

  • Swelling
  • 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.