Abdominoplasty: Post-operative instructions
Rest is important for the first 48 hours. Rest in bed or on the couch, getting up only to go to the bathroom. Minimal activity. Sleep with your head elevated and with a pillow under your knees.
You may take Extra-Strength Tylenol or your prescribed pain medication every four hours, if needed. Avoid any activity immediately after taking the medication, as you may experience some drowsiness. Avoid using tranquilizers or sleeping pills while taking narcotics as this combination may be too strong for you. Avoid alcohol while taking narcotic pain medications. Colace (an over-the-counter stool softener) is effective to treat constipation, which often occurs with the use of narcotic pain medications.
It is best to stay on clear liquids on the first night following surgery. You may resume a regular diet the following day.
You will need to walk bent over for the first seven days after surgery to minimize tension on the closure.
Keep the support garments on continuously until your first postoperative visit with your surgeon. Supportive girdles may be removed to go to the bathroom. Please replace them immediately.
DRAINS AND DRESSING
Prior to discharge from the recovery room, the nurses will instruct you on how to manage draining tubes. You will be asked to record the drainage output every 24 hours. These drains may be necessary for several days.
All dressings will be removed in the office between four and seven days post-op.
Most patients return to work within 2-3 weeks of their surgery. Vigorous sports or activities are prohibited for several weeks. Your surgeon will advise you when it is safe to resume vigorous activities.
You may shower and wash your hair after the initial dressing change. Hot baths should be avoided for at least four weeks to prevent swelling.
If there are any questions, contact Dr. Yaremchuk's office.
Call Dr. Yaremchuk's office to make your follow-up appointment.