After undergoing an operation, it is vital that you follow up with the aftercare program. You need to plan your recovery along with the possibility of complications. If you are with a good clinic, they will offer an aftercare program that you will follow and this should mean having a few post operation meetings to ensure everything is how it should be. We have a very comprehensive post operative care program.
First 24 hours
The first 24 hours after your operation are the most important, this is typically the period where complications can arise. The length of the aftercare all depends on what operation you have undertaken therefore you could be a day patient or you could be an overnight patient. It’s always good to check with your surgery that should anything go wrong, you can always return to get the help you need.
What type of post op care will I need?
Your post op care all depends on the procedure you have had however if it is a complex surgery you will need to arrange assistance for at least a few days. You may need a caregiver to help tend your wounds, prepare food, keep you clean, and support you while you move around so ensure you ask how long recovery normally takes in order for you to be able to plan appropriately.
Here are some three most popular procedures with the recovery details to give you an idea of the process.
- Your skin is tighter after surgery therefore we advise to sleep in a fetal position.
- When standing during your first week weeks, if may be necessary to stay bent at the waist to avoid excessive pulling on the incision. The abdomen will gradually stretch so you can stand full erect.
- Straight after surgery start on a liquid diet and then over the next few days progress onto a normal diet.
- Usually surgical drains are inserted. The nurse will teach you how to empty the drains and these will normally be removed on your first follow up visit.
- Do not bathe or shower until your first follow up visit. Once the drains are removed you can shower and it is ok to get the stitches wet.
- You will be wrapped in an elastic abdominal support after surgery and this should be worn at all times for the first two weeks (except from when bathing).
- It is normal if there is drainage (blood or clear to yellowish fluid) from the incisions. Just apply a gauze pad to the area to absorb.
- You will be prescribed pain medication as needed and maybe antibiotics will be recommended.
- You may resume most normal, non-strenuous activities after a day or two and you can drive a car after five to seven days.
- You will normally have dissolvable stitches therefore these do not need to be removed and they will gradually absorb.
- During the first two weeks after surgery, avoid aspirin, and for a week avoid alcohol.
- It is normal to have bruising, swelling and sensation changes in the abdominal area after surgery. It takes several months for the tissues to fully heal and soften and for the final result of the surgery to be apparent.
- After surgery, start with a liquid diet and progress onto a normal diet as desired.
- You will be wrapped in circumferential pressure dressing after surgery. This will be removed and replaced with an elastic brassiere at your first follow up. You will need to wear this night and day for 3 weeks.
- Sometimes drains will be inserted but these are usually removed during your first follow up visit.
- You may bathe or shower after the pressure dressing is taken off. Remove the brassiere and replace this after you bath or shower. It is ok to get your stitches wet.
- It is normal if there is drainage from the incisions. Just apply a gauze pad to the area to absorb.
- You may resume most normal, non-strenuous activities after just a day or two and you can drive a car after five days. You should not engage in vigorous activity, exercise or sports for the first four weeks after surgery.
- The skin stitches are dissolvable so these will not need to be removed.
- Keep your head elevated as much as possible during the post op period. During your first week it is advisable to keep your head elevated on several pillows at night.
- After surgery, start with a liquid diet and progress onto a normal diet as desired. It is best to avoid chewing hard foods for the first week and avoid hot liquids for 48 hours as this could increase the risk of bleeding.
- Do not smoke for the first two weeks after surgery as smoking impairs the healing and increases the risk of complication.
- Application of cold compresses to the eyes during the first two days will help to reduce the swelling and bruising.
- For the first two weeks, avoid aspirin and another medication which may affect blood clotting.
- Be sure that you have a drip pad on your upper lip to catch any nasal drainage and change as necessary.
- Prescription medication will be prescribed.
- If any nasal packing was used during the op, this will be removed during the follow up.
- After the nasal packing is removed we advised to use a cotton tipped applicator to apply an antibiotic treatment (Neosporin, Bacitracin, or Vaseline) three times a day to help the healing process inside the nose.
- You can also spray the inside of your nose on both sides with Ocean Nasal Mist. You can do this every two hours whilst you are awake.
- Your splint and tape will be removed one week after surgery.
- It is best to avoid hanging the head down during the first week after surgery and you should avoid heavy lifting and vigorous physical activity for the first four weeks.
Small areas of bruising may persist for weeks and subtle swelling of the nose lasts for months.These effects will gradually diminish over time. The final results of nasal surgery are not completely evident for months, so be patient.
Here at ABSAMC we have an exceptional team who provide the best aftercare. If you are interested in any procedures, then call us on 00971 4 2971516 and we will ensure you are looked after.