Post-op Instructions

Instructions for Post-surgery Care

After your operation Dr. Love will give you specific written instructions for your procedure, on the do’s and don’ts, and expectations in the post-operative period.

The major focus after the operation is to keep you comfortable and to get you back to normal activities as soon as possible.

There are however some general post-operative instructions that apply to many procedures

Pain Relief

After any operation there is some discomfort, which will vary greatly depending on many factors.

We aim to minimise your discomfort through use of local anaesthetics where possible during your operation, and providing appropriate painkilling medication to take after you go home.

It is always a good idea to have a low threshold for taking pain relief early, to stay on top of any discomfort, rather than play catch up with pain.

Drinking and eating

You can start drinking fluids and eating food shortly after virtually all the surgical procedures Dr. Love performs, and you will be guided on that

Dressings

Most surgical wounds are covered with a dressing, usually waterproof, that protects the wound and allows showering to take place without having to change the dressing.

The surgical dressing is left on for some days or even up to 2weeks, depending on your operation. This allows a wide range of activities to be performed without compromising healing.

You will get specific instructions on your particular dressing.

Bathing/ Showering

You can start showering, as indicated above, straight away with a waterproof dressing in place.

After the dressing is removed, continued showering is fine, letting water flow over the incision but not rubbing it.

Do not have a bath, or go swimming for at least 10 days after the surgery, unless told otherwise that it is OK.

Wound care

After a shower, pat the incision area dry and always try it dry.

If Steri-strips are across your incision they will begin to peel off after 7-10 days; if not, you can remove them after the tenth day.

If you notice any tenderness, swelling, or discharge consult Dr. Love immediately.

Scrotal care

Swelling of scrotum is common after many of the procedures Dr. Love performs, but is harmless and painless.

In such cases, wear supportive undergarments. While resting, elevate scrotum by placing a rolled towel underneath

Diet and exercise

You may feel tired and weak after your surgery, and this can take some time to recover depending on the procedure.

You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital.

Eat balanced and nutritious foods and avoid spicy food for the initial few days.

Do light exercises such as walking and stretching, within the limits of how you feel and the specific instructions we will give you.

Bowel function

You may have abnormal bowel movements for some days after surgery.

For early recovery, include fibre in your diet and drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day.

Follow Up Appointments

You will be given an appointment for follow up after your operation, at the time of your procedure.

Appointments are given for 1 to 6 weeks after your operation, depending on what was done, and further follow up appointments are carried out periodically until you are fully recovered from your operation.