After Surgery Care

  • You will receive a Norco or Vicodin (narcotic pain reliever) prescription. These medicines are the brand name version of a combination of hydrocodone and Tylenol. You may take 1-2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. Do not take more than 12 tablets in a 24 hour period.
    • If you have pain between doses, you may take Motrin (ibuprofen) 400 - 600 mg every six hours as need.
  • Narcotic pain relievers side effects:
    • Constipation - several effective stool softeners are available over the counter at your local drug store: Sennakot, Colace, milk of magnesia and eating prunes are very helpful to relieve constipation.
    • Itching - Benadryl is an over the counter medicine that can relieve this side effect.
  • You may receive a Phenergan or Zofran (anti-nausea) prescription. Some patients may have nausea caused by undergoing anesthesia or from narcotic pain medicine.
  • Bandage site care:
    • If you have had an arthroscopic surgery, you may remove your dressing two days after your surgery and place small gauze bandages or band aids over the portal sites on a daily basis.
    • If you have had open surgery, you may change your bandage with regular gauze and tape three days after your surgery. These dressings may be changed on a daily basis until the bandage is spot-free over a 24-hour period.
    • Keep your surgical incision site dry for two weeks after your surgery. You may still bathe or shower as long as the surgical site is protected and dry. If you have stitches, these will be removed at your first appointment 10-14 days after surgery. It is best to keep your incision dry for an additional two days after stitches are removed.
    • Avoid submerging your surgical site in a pool or hot tub for 4 weeks after your surgery to allow for the incision to fully heal.

If you have further questions or need clarification, please feel free to contact Norma Garcia at (708) 429-0907.

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