|Patient Education Information Sheet
North Florida/South Georgia
Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS)
Plastic Surgery Discharge Instructions
Begin with a light diet. Add in your usual foods as you are able to do so.
Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours or while taking pain medication.
If medications are ordered, you may pick them up at the Outpatient Pharmacy.
( ) Continue your usual medications.
( ) Take pain medication as instructed with food to prevent nausea and dizziness.
( ) Take an over-the-counter stool softener if pain medication causes constipation.
( ) Do not change the dressing. Keep the dressing clean and dry.
( ) If you have a "bolster" dressing, do not touch it or get it wet.
( ) Put ice on the surgical area for 24-48 hours (20 minutes on and 20 minutes off).
( ) Change the dressing in 48 hours.
( ) Do not get your incision wet until you go to your follow up visit.
( ) Leave steri-strips in place (if present) until they fall off.
( ) Do not remove the splint.
( ) Use antibiotic ointment as ordered by your Doctor.
( ) Do not drive for 24 hours, while on pain medication, or until your Doctor says you are able to drive.
( ) Keep the area where you had the surgery raised for 24-48 hours.
( ) Do not lift anything heavy or do strenuous activities for: ____________________________.
( ) You may take off the sling when you get feeling back in your arm/hand.
Symptoms to Report to the Doctor:
( ) Too much bleeding or bleeding that does not decrease over time.
( ) Too much swelling or redness of the surgical area.
( ) Increased pain or warmth in or around the surgical area.
( ) Pus or drainage that has a bad smell.
( ) Temperature over 101 degrees and/or chills.
Pain Management options have been reviewed for this patient’s post-operative care.
Patient and driver verbalized an understanding of all discharge instructions.
Name of the individual who accepts responsibility for the patient following discharge:
Plastic Surgery Clinic: (352) 376-1611 OR 1-800-324-8387, extension 4072.
After hours, have the operator page the Plastic Surgery Doctor on call.
If you have an emergency, go to the nearest Emergency Room or call 911.
Tel Care Number: 1-800-988-5641
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