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Signs of Infection

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


  • You may drive when your pain is gone, usually within 2 to 3 weeks
  • You may ride in a car. During long trips, get out and walk every 2 hours


  • We encourage walking and getting outdoors when possible
  • You may go up and down stairs slowly
  • No lifting greater than 10 pounds for 2 months

Wash incision daily with soap and water. Do not apply salve, ointment or Betadine unless directed by your physician.

You may shower and wash your hair

Resume your preoperative diet unless instructed to adhere to a new special diet.

Bowel Movements
You may experience constipation. If it becomes a problem, trying eating prunes or taking milk of magnesia, Ex-Lax, Dulcolax, Fleet enema, etc.

resume your preoperative medications or prescription medications unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

When you can return to work will depend on the type of work you do. Discuss this with your physician.