Post Operative Care
Apart from the specific instructions given to you depending on the type of surgery you have undergone, the basic general instructions that you should follow after your surgery are as follows:
- Take pain relieving and other medications as advised. Pain relieving medication should be taken with food. After the first 48 hours of surgery, take the pain medication only when needed.
- Do not drink alcohol, drive a vehicle, operate any machinery or sign a legal document for the first 24 hours after the surgery as the effects of the sedative and/or the anaesthesia administered during the surgery may last for the first 24 hours of the surgery.
- Keep the dressing clean and dry to promote wound healing.
- Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated drinks.
- Schedule your follow-up appointment with your doctor as advised.
Please consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Increased drainage from the incision
- Increased redness around the operated area
- Foul odour
- Fever greater than 101°F
- Coldness, numbness or blanched white or bluish colour of the fingers or toes
- Sudden calf pain or shortness of breath
- Chest pain
If you experience any complications call Dr Koshy during office hours or call the bed Managers of the respective hospitals afterhours , where the procedure was performed and they will let Dr Koshy straight away.