Post Operative Care

Plan for your recovery.

Even minor surgery requires special care. Whether it’s changing a bandage, monitoring the healing process or completing a regimen of exercise and physical therapy, planning ahead will reduce stress and allow family members and friends to offer you the best assistance possible.

Advance Planning

• Transportation home after your surgery
• Pharmacy to fill prescription
• Someone available to you for at least 24 hours after you arrive home
• A visible place to keep post-operative care instructions, medical contact names and other medical history information

We care about your recovery and can help make arrangements for you if necessary. Some tasks may incur a fee that may or may not be covered by your medical insurance. Most important is to prepare for your recovery time including being realistic about when you can return to work and your normal routine. Some people heal more quickly than others, however if you are concerned about your recuperation progress contact your physician.


A prescription for medication may be given upon discharge from the hospital or may be given prior to surgery by your pain management doctor. Please follow the instructions for administration closely. Antibiotics – Take them until the bottle is completely finished. Prescription refills – Make requests before 3:00 p.m. through our office.

Follow Up Appointments

A two week post operative appointment will be scheduled in the office when the surgery is initially scheduled. If not or if you forget your appointment date and time, please call between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Incision Care

Check your incision at least twice daily for the first two (2) weeks for any sign of infection. These signs include increased warmth or redness to the area, swelling, discharge, or unexplained increasing pain in the incision.

Dressing Changes

A small amount of reddish-brown drainage is not unusual for 1 to two (2) days. Please report any other type or amount of drainage to your physician. Dressings should be changed at minimum once daily. No ointment, saline, soap or lotion on the incision.

Pain Expectations

After all surgeries, inflammation is a natural process of healing. While we can take the "edge" off your pain, we cannot and do not want to block this process. Give your body time to heal.

Call our office immediately if you:

Have drainage and / or odor from your wound. Your browser may not support display of this image.Have increased redness / swelling at the incision site, or unexplained increasing incision pain not relieved by bed rest. Have fever greater than 101.5 degrees with sweats or chills. Have new or unfamiliar pain or weakness in the arms or legs. Have difficulty with urination or bowel movements, pain or numbness in the rectal, vaginal or scrotal area.