Click here to download printable PDF

After you leave the hospital, it is natural to feel tired and sore for the first few weeks. It is normal to feel hoarse for several weeks as well.

Signs of infection
Observe your incision daily and report signs of infection to 512-459-8753. Signs of infection include:

  • Redness
  • Increased pain
  • Temperature above 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Unusual drainage or swelling

Wash your incision daily with soap and water. Do not apply salve, ointment, Betadine or anything to the incision unless directed by your surgeon. Inform your surgeon if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Loss of movement of one of your extremities
  • Loss of sight
  • Slurred speech
  • Numbness or tingling in your extremities
  • Difficulty swallowing


  • Do not lift objects heavier than 5 pounds for 1 week
  • You may ride in a car. If you travel more than 100 miles, you will need to stop occasionally and walk around briefly
  • Avoid any sudden or extreme neck movement, but exercise your neck by bending your head slowly in all directions. Try to use your neck normally.
  • You may do light housework
  • You may climb steps slowly