Taking proper care yourself, mentally and physically, is key to obtaining a successful recovery and a great result. Please do your best to adhere to the guidelines below, and contact our office if there is any question or concern about anything.
Feeling fatigued during your recovery is normal, and sleep is an important part of healing. If you are tired, do not force yourself to stay awake. On the other hand, do not stay in bed all day during your recovery. During the first week we often ask that you sleep on your back with your head elevated, which may be difficult for you. It is ok to use a sleeping pill at night during this period if you have trouble falling asleep. It is important to remember that such drugs can make some people feel light headed and weak. You should only take this if you need it.
Eat a soft diet, balanced and nutritious with low salt, spice, or sugar. Avoid gum and foods that are hard to chew. Easily chewed foods such as soup, mashed potatoes, stewed chicken, and hamburger are allowed. Stay away from steaks, French bread and other hard to chew foods for at least one week. Stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol intake and do not smoke. Do not dramatically raise or lower caffeine intake from levels typical for you. Taking a multivitamin is ok but avoid herbals or supplements (please discuss them with us if you plan to take them during your recovery period). Consider getting an over-the-counter stool softener, just in case.
Avoid work or social obligations. Walking is good, but please no exercise that involves straining, lifting, sweating, or a rise in your heart rate and/or blood pressure. Avoid activities that involve bending over or bringing your head below your heart. Avoid any head or facial movements that cause any pulling or painful sensation at surgical sites. Sneeze with your mouth open. This will decrease swelling and allow better incisional healing. Most procedures require you to avoid exercise for some period of time usually ranging from 2 weeks to 1 month. This will also depend upon how you are healing. Please ask us prior to resuming exercise.
Stay out of the sun and away from pollutants. There should be no second-hand smoke exposure. Use fragrance-free, hypoallergenic cleansers, moisturizers, and sun blocks. Do no use any products on your incision sites that we have not recommended or approved (including make-up).
Achieve a balance between minimizing social contacts and not becoming a hermit. Only associate with close family or friends who will be supportive and positive. We cannot emphasize enough how positive outlook correlates to excellent healing.
Obtain your medications and supplies in advance per our recommendations. Adhere to the instructions we have given you in the Medication/Supply Lists. It is important for you to complete all your antibiotics.
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