What kind of activities can I engage in?
In the beginning, you will need to abstain from all strenuous exercise, including bending, lifting and aerobics for around 4-6 weeks. You don’t want to put any strain or pressure on your incisions. Walking, however, is encouraged, as this can help get your circulation flowing.
You should not drive while take narcotic pain medications. You need to be clear-headed when on the road in case you have to stop for an emergency. Arrange to take an Uber or have a friend drive you around while you are healing.
Can I smoke after my surgery?
You will need to abstain from smoking for at least 30 days after your surgery. Smoking can seriously inhibit the body’s ability to heal.
What kind of diet should I follow after surgery?
You may be a little constipated after surgery, so consider drinking prune juice and using Miralax for relief. Avoid taking Metamucil or other fiber drinks, as these can sometimes worsen one’s constipation during a period of inactivity. Mineral oil, magnesium citrate or milk of magnesia will also help with constipation. Other than these notes, you will be able to resume eating all the regular foods you like right away. If you do drink alcohol, remember to do so in moderation.
Can I shower?
Your incisions will take 2-3 weeks to heal, so if you shower, avoid spraying the water directly on your incisions. After you rinse off, pat your skin very gently with a towel. You may also opt for a sponge bath, which has less chance of interfering with your bandages and dressings.
Depending on your operation, the type of dressings you have, and how you are healing, Dr. Satterwhite and his team will instruct you specifically when you can shower and bathe post-operatively. In general, most patients can begin showering a few days to 1 week after their procedure.
Is there anything else I should know?
These are very general instructions, but rest assured Dr. Satterwhite will provide a full, detailed roadmap for your recovery based on your individual procedure. You will have several follow-up visits at our office to ensure your healing is on track, but do not hesitate to call at any hour should something out of the ordinary arise. Thanks to Dr. Satterwhite’s skilled, efficient approach, most clients find their recovery to be far more agreeable and manageable then they had imagined.