Post-Operative Instruction Sheet
After surgery there are several things that you or your family will probably experience. This sheet should help address many common questions and concerns.
- Discomfort after surgery is very common. This may include a sore throat as well.
- Take prescribed pain medicine as directed on the packaging.
- Use over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen as described on the packaging label.
- If you are on the prescription aspirin, do not resume it until 2 weeks after surgery.
- Drink lots of “clear” liquids the first few days after surgery such as water and dilute fruit juices.
- Eat a blan diet initially after sugery, then you may advance to your normal diet.
- You may be prescribed some new medications after surgery. Take them as directed.
- If you are starting thyroid hormone replacement, remember to take the medication daily on an empty stomach with water at around the same time with no other medications or food for 30 minutes. This will help ensure that you get the correct does of medication.
- A small amount of bleeding or drainage after surgery is normal for the first 2 days. If there is excessive or prolonged bleeding or drainage, please call the office.
- A small amount of swelling is normal after surgery. Call the office or proceed to the emergency room for excessive or severe swelling.
- Watch for signs of low calcium: numbness or tingling of the lips, fingers or toes is the most common sign. Other signs may include muscle cramping or profound weakness, or irregular heartbeat. If you notice these signs, take an extra dose of calcium and call the office.
- Avoid straining, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise for 2 weeks after the surgery.
If Problems or questions arise, please call the office at (458)205-6800.