Patients Going Home After Surgery
Some swelling may be expected. You can use cold compresses if desired. Steri-strips can be removed in the shower seven to 10 days after surgery, or by the doctor at your follow-up visit. You may remove the outer bandage the morning after surgery. No bandage needed.
No diet restrictions. As desired.
Resume previous medications, if any. Aspirin can be resumed 48 hours after discharge.
Take two Tylenol® caps every 4 hours, as needed, or as prescribed. Throat lozenges or Chloraseptic® spray as needed for throat pain.
Rest today, resume full activities tomorrow.
Neck movements are encouraged: up, down and side to side.
Taking a shower, washing your hair with shampoo and water is OK after 24 hours of surgery. Pat dry, DO NOT RUB.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR:
Numbness around the lips and tingling in hands or feet may reflect low serum calcium levels. Expected in select patients after successful surgery.
TO DECREASE THESE SYMPTOMS:
Take one Tums® tablet, three times a day, if any tingling. Please discuss with your surgeon.
Serum calcium levels to be drawn the morning after surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns once you’re home, please contact your physician’s office for direction.