Sleep on your back, with a pillow under the knees for one week post-operatively.
Expect your abdomen to be swollen and bruised, especially on Day 2 and 3 after the surgery. It is NORMAL for your skin to feel NUMB and/or sensitive.
Expect your abdomen to feel tight, especially when bending at your waist and turning from side to side. A pulling sensation is also normal while healing.
You should wear the compressive garment, which we will provide 24 hours a day for the first month. It should be removed to be washed as well, when you are taking your shower. You also need to wear compression stockings for two weeks after your surgery.
No bending or lifting of heavy objects.
Your first visit after your surgery will be scheduled about one week after your surgery. Our nurse will call you every other day to evaluate how much blood there is in your drains, in a 24-hour period.
Do not get your stitches wet until the drains have been removed (5-10 days). You may then shower. Avoid baths for 4 weeks after the removal of your drains. As the steristrips begin to loosen up, (once you start to shower) you may remove them with a pair of tweezers. You should begin to remove them at the end of the second week after your surgery. Our nurse will remove any remaining steristrips by the end of the third week.
It is normal to have some yellowish discharge from the incisions or sometimes even some blood. The discharge is due to the "melting" stitches dissolving.
Purchase 4" gauzes at the pharmacy and apply these to cover all the incisions. Change these gauzes daily. If they stick to the incision, moisten them in the shower and then remove them.
It is also normal to have some small openings of the wounds during healing. Simply keep these areas clean and apply some Polysporin ointment (non-prescription drug) two or three times each day.
You will be given a prescription for pain medication. Take this ONLY when you are having discomfort. Do not take your painkillers on an empty stomach. DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN or any medications containing aspirin for one week following your surgery. Tylenol is a good substitute for aspirin.
Do not drink any alcoholic beverages for the first week following your surgery.
Avoid all strenuous activity for the first four (4) weeks following your surgery. You may walk, shop, etc. Avoid driving an automobile while you are taking your painkillers.
In case of persistent vomiting or nausea, use Gravol in a suppository form.