activity gradually and do not over exert yourself.
prolonged sitting. Get up and walk around. Short trips
are better than long ones right after surgery. Climbing
stairs is not restricted.
may travel in a car for short trips but do not drive
until your doctors tells you it is OK.
not lift or carry anything that is heavier than 10 pounds.
When picking up an object from the floor, bend with
your knees, keeping your back straight, use both hands
to hold the object close to your body.
is a common side effect of some pain medications so
it is important to drink plenty of liquids and eat a
diet high in fiber. You may need to take a stool softener
for a short time while taking pain medication, but avoid
laxatives. It is fine to take Milk of Magnesia, Metamucil,
Fibercon, Citrocel or other mild laxative. Ask your
pharmacist for advice if needed. Avoid stronger laxativesunless
your surgeon has prescribed them for you.
is normal to have a slightly red, swollen incision.
But call your surgeon if you have increased redness,
swelling or drainage, or if you notice an odor from
may shower, but do not take a tub bath until your incision
is completely healed.
may resume sexual activity whenever you feel comfortable
your surgeon if you are having difficulty urinating
or if you develop a fever over 100 degrees F after your
discharge to home.
medication allows you to be up and around more comfortably.
This helps healing and prevents post-operative complications.
Take pain medication as directed (usually every 4-6
hours) before pain becomes severe. Don't take the medication
more often than directed. Taken as directed, medication
won't lead to addiction during recovery. Taking pain
medication at night helps you get a good night's sleep.
If you are taking muscle relaxers, separate the pain
medication from the muscle relaxer by 1-2 hours for
better pain relief.
level of surgical discomfort should improve over the
first few days and weeks after hospital discharge as
the irritation and swelling of damaged nerves and muscles
heal. Call your surgeon if you notice any increase in
pain, decrease in your ability to move, numbness or
drinking alcohol while taking pain medication. Mixing
pain medication and alcohol can lead to serious complications
and is sometimes fatal. Avoid driving while taking pain
medication. Check with your surgeon before taking any
over the counter drugs or medications not specifically
ordered by him after your surgery.
sure to follow any specific post-op instructions from
your surgeon or nurse.