Recovery after Surgery
You will be given detailed instructions on post-operative care to take home with you. These instructions will include:
– How to care for the surgical site
– How to use your garment
– Exercises to perform
– Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
– Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
– How to and when to arrange follow up with Dr. Turner
– Contact numbers in case of concerns or after-hour emergencies
Following your surgeon’s instructions is the key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Avoid wearing any clothing that must go over your head or require excessive movement of your arms above your head. Avoid heavy lifting and tasks that require exertion of your upper arms and shoulders.
Once you are at home, please seek medical attention if:
– You experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or heart beat irregularities
– Notice unusual swelling, bleeding, redness, pain, or persistent discharge from your wound
– Start to feel generally unwell or feverish
– Break out in a persistent rash
Your first postoperative appointment is usually within 5-7 days of discharge from hospital. At this appointment, your sutures will be removed if required. Dr. Turner rarely uses removable sutures. Your wound will be checked and cleaned thoroughly. Further instructions on wound care will be discussed with you. Further checkups will be organised at this first post-operative checkup.