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- Cool, clear liquids are generally best for the first 24 hours after general anesthesia.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration after surgery is a serious problem that often leads to increased pain and feeling sick. Recommended fluids include: sports drinks, Pedia-Lyte, non-caffeinated soda, Kool-Aid and broth.
- If you feel nauseated, continue to take sips of fluids as tolerated and avoid solid food.
- After 24 hours and if you don’t feel sick to you stomach, you can eat soft, regular food. Avoid hot/spicy foods for at least 1 week after surgery.
- Adults should not drink alcohol for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
- Resume your regular medications as soon as you can tolerate drinking liquids. Do not take aspirin for 1 week after surgery unless directed otherwise.
- If you were given a prescription for pain medication, take it as needed for severe pain. If your pain medication makes you feel sick to your stomach, take Tylenol instead. Do not take your prescription pain medication and Tylenol closer than 4 hours apart since both contain acetaminophen. Ibuprofen (Motrin, Aleve) is not recommended unless there are no other alternatives for pain relief. DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN.
- If you were given an antibiotic, take all of your medication as directed. If you develop diarrhea while taking the antibiotic, notify the doctor’s office. Eating yogurt 3 times a day can help prevent this problem.
Cleaning and wound care
- Gently clean incisions by patting with a clean, moist wash cloth. Do not wipe or pull at incisions while washing. If there is any crust or clot on the incision, gently clean with a Q-tip and peroxide. Be careful not to get peroxide in the eye since it will cause severe eye irritation.
- You may shower and gently wash hair and face 24 hours after surgery. Wash your face with a mild cleanser such as Cetaphil.
- No strenuous activity for 2 weeks after surgery including: exercise, heavy lifting, bending, yard work or anything that includes straining or elevating your heart rate.
- Keep your head elevated to help reduce swelling and pain. At night, sleep with several pillows under your head or in a recliner for 1 week after surgery.
- Although you should not exert yourself during recovery, you should not stay bedbound for prolonged periods. Getting out of bed and walking around the house is good for you, it will speed up your recovery.
- Absolutely no driving for at least 48 hours after surgery. You may drive only if you are not taking narcotic pain medication.
What to expect
- Bruising and swelling around the eyes is normal and peaks around 72 hours after surgery. Fluid and blood may collect under the white part of eye (sclera). This is temporary and will resolve on its own. Keeping your head elevated will help to minimize this problem. Also, you may put a bag of frozen peas across eyes to help control swelling.
- There may be blood tinged drainage from the eyes for 24-48 hours after surgery. Gently pat away this fluid with clean gauze or washcloth.
Contact the physician for any of the following problems:
- Constant heavy bleeding.
- Persistent vomiting 24 hours after surgery.
- Uncontrolled pain not relieved by medication.
- Change in vision.
- High fever over 102° F.
- Keep your appointment as previously scheduled.
** For urgent problems or questions after hours, please call the main number at 317.818.5438 and select option 1 to reach the answering service and inform them you are a patient of Dr. Chegar.
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