Post operative care is the care you receive after a surgical procedure. The type of postoperative care you need depends on the type of surgery you have, as well as your health history. It often includes pain management and wound care.Post operative care is very essential for quick and uneventful recovery from surgery.
- Check your operative incisions daily. Is your incision pink or red? Is there wound drainage? Are the stitches or staples intact? Run through this self-check daily to ensure that your wound is healing. If you see anything unusual, contact your surgeon immediately.
- Diet : after laparoscopic surgery you should be able to eat normal diet at home without any restrictions (except in surgery of intestines ) . You should have plenty of water to hydrate your body and fibers to make your stool softer.
- Avoid : cough and constipation or It will hurt your abdominal muscles
- Activity : you should be able to do normal day to day activities like walking around, stair case(short flight) use, to go to toilet, have bath , have food etc from the day you get discharged from the hospital. Vigorous activities like to do heavy object lifting, jolting , running, gym activities should be delayed by 1 month of surgery.
- You may require a change of dressing. You can do it yourself at home wearing sterile gloves and cleaning the wound with betadine liquid. However it is advisable to visit your surgeon to have a follow up .
- For Stitch/clip removal (if required,it maynot be required, please check your discharge summary) you need to attend your surgeon ( or any medical facility) on usually 10th day of surgery or as specified in your discharge summery.
- You are advised to visit your surgeon for follow up on completion of 1 month, 6 months and 1 year of surgery.