General Post Surgery Care San Diego

Home Care Instructions

  • Only take over-the-counter medicines for pain or fever if Dr Kouli says it is okay. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen. That increases the chances of a bleeding problem.
  • If antibiotics are prescribed, finish them.
  • Carefully follow the instructions about caring for your incisions. If drains were put in, Dr Kouli will take them out in a few days. Stitches are usually taken out in 7 to 10 days.
  • Rest for the first few days after surgery. However, get up and walk around several times in the morning and evening. Moving around will help prevent blood clots and pneumonia.
  • Do not shower or take a bath for a few days after surgery. Take a sponge bath instead.
  • For 3 weeks after surgery, do not lift anything that weighs more than 5 pounds.
  • Limit driving until you are not taking narcotic pain medicines. They can make you sleepy.
  • Do not do heavy physical work for 1 month. This includes yard work and moving storage boxes.
  • How soon you can return to work depends on what type of work you do. For instance, if you have a desk job, you may be back to work in 2 weeks. If you do manual labor, it may take longer.
  • If needed for pain or nausea, take prescription medicines that DR Kouli prescribes.

Call Dr Kouli IF:

  • The area around the incisions becomes red or swollen, pain increases, or fluid oozes from any of the wounds.
  • The pain medication that was recommended is not controlling your pain.
  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or you throw up (vomit) for more than 2 days after surgery.
  • You develop a cough.
  • Moving your arm is difficult or painful.
  • You see pockets of blood or fluid in either breast.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have pain in your chest.
  • Your legs or arms start to swell.
  • You are suddenly short of breath.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have pain in your chest.
  • Your legs or arms start to swell.
  • You are suddenly short of breath.