Post-Surgery Tips

Managing Pain

Your health care team will work with you to plan your pain control and help you to continue your recovery and healing at home.

  • Before you leave the surgery center, make sure you understand what medications you will be taking at home, why you need the medications, and possible side effects.
  • Take your medications as directed on the bottle.
  • Take your medications with food to avoid an upset stomach, unless instructed differently.
  • Icing and elevating your surgical extremity may help with pain and swelling the first 24-48 hours. Ice for 15-20 minutes on/off.
  • Think before you get up and move around, move slowly and pace yourself! Plan rest periods to keep from feeling fatigued or over-tired.
  • If you get a nerve block with your surgery, you will be provided information on what to expect prior to leaving the surgery center.
  • If your pain is not being relieved, or if your pain is getting worse or has changed, please call your health care provider.

Preventing Nausea

Frequently, prior to or during surgery you will be given medications to help prevent nausea and vomiting after surgery.

There are tips we recommend you follow when you leave the surgery center to help prevent nausea and vomiting.

  • Eat a light meal and advance to a normal diet unless instructed differently.
  • Avoid heavy, greasy, and spicy foods.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for the next 24 hours.
  • Take your medications with food, unless instructed differently.
  • If you experience nausea, do not eat or drink anything until the nausea is gone. After the nausea is gone, take small amounts of water at first and then progress to other fluids and solid foods as tolerated.
  • If the nausea does not subside please contact your surgeon. It is important that you do not dehydrate

Prevention of Constipation

Frequently, prior to or during surgery you will be given medications to help prevent nausea and vomiting after surgery.

There are tips we recommend you follow when you leave the surgery center to help prevent nausea and vomiting.

  • Eat a light meal and advance to a normal diet unless instructed differently.
  • Avoid heavy, greasy, and spicy foods.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for the next 24 hours.
  • Take your medications with food, unless instructed differently.
  • If you experience nausea, do not eat or drink anything until the nausea is gone. After the nausea is gone, take small amounts of water at first and then progress to other fluids and solid foods as tolerated.
  • If the nausea does not subside please contact your surgeon. It is important that you do not dehydrate