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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

 

MBChB [UCT] FC Plast Surg [SA] Fellow [Oxford-UK]

 

O'Sharran R.Singh

POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

FOR DR SINGH

Discharge from the ward

Manage your pain

Surgical site care

The following instructions will guide you through recovery and will help prevent complications

 

 

  • If you have had a minor procedure-after being in theatre recovery area-you will be wheeled up to the ward and can go home as soon as your medication is ready and discharge has been done-this usually takes about an hour.
  • With larger procedures-I might choose to see you in the ward before you are discharged the same day/day after.
  • Follow up-I will let you know when you will be reviewed-its usually 5-7 days after surgery.

 

 

  • You are encouraged to take your medication as needed. A pain free patient is a happy patient, your wounds will recover better and it has been shown to give a better result.

 

 

  • Follow the instructions by Dr Singh and the nursing care on your discharge from hospital about:
  • Keeping wounds dry-generally for 2-3 days
  • Dressing changes-after 3-5 days
  • What to apply onto the wound –usually an antibacterial ointment with gauze
  • My team will instruct you on how to manage your drain
  • Liposuction ooze is expected for 3-4 days post op
  • Stitches are to be removed-from 7-10 days

 

 

Mobilising

  • It is imperative to walk as soon as possible to prevent clots in your legs and clear your lungs.
  • If your legs have been operated on, bed rest with strict leg elevation is important for 3-5 days.
  • If you have had a tummy tuck-you will have to sleep with pillows under your legs and crouch over when walking for at least 1 week.
  • Always get assistance if you are still weak or at risk of a fall.
  • Limit brisk activity for 6 weeks post op.
  • Driving should only be undertaken at least 4 weeks post op and when you are able to drive round the block and perform an emergency stop.

 

 

Other Specific Orders

  • Do not smoke for at least 6 weeks after surgery-skin can die, wounds can open up
  • Brush your teeth 3 times a day should you have had intraoral/lip/facial surgery
  • Resume your normal diet at home-preferably high in protein, consume lots of water and something to assist your normal bowel motions-certain medications could give you diarrhea or constipation.
  • Antibiotics if prescribed, must be completed, however should you develop an adverse reaction of nausea I recommend the addition of a probiotic.
  • Thrush is a common side effect on antibiotics and this can be alleviated with medication from a pharmacy.
  • Pressure garments must be worn for at least 3 weeks continuously post op
  • Keep the scar out of direct sunlight for 3 months-it prevents it darkening

 

 

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POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

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