Post Operation Guide
Make sure you're prepared. This guide will give a clear walkthrough of things to expect AFTER surgery.
Conditions that should be reported to Dr. Graves, his nurse or physician on call:
- Difficullty breathing
- Persistent fever over 102 degrees that is not responding to Tylenol or pain medicatio
- Active bleeding or persistent oozing from surgery site
- More than two episodes of vomiting
- Pain that is not responding to pain medication
- Inability to urinate at least 1 time in 24 hours/ or at least 1 time during a 12 hour period of being awake
- Excessive swelling or rash- if this occurs, stop medication and give appropriate dosage of Benadryl. Notify our office of reaction.
- Clear Liquids- Your child should have clear liquids after surgery and slowly advance to soft foods for the first week. Resume normal diet after one week if tolerated.
- Avoid Citrus/Spicy Foods- Your child should not have any spicy foods, citrus or crunchy, hard foods.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Do not use straws to drink fluids from.
- Avoid foods or drinks with red dye such as cherry gelatin.
- Gently blow nose.
- Open mouth when sneezing.
- No traveling out of town for 10-14 days
- No daycare or school for at least 7-10 days
- No Motrin, Aspirin, Advil, Aleve or any other anti-inflammatories for 2 weeks after surgery as these could cause excessive bleeding.
- Your child should be a in a quiet place and have quiet play time for 1 week following surgery.
- No strenuous activity such as bike riding, skate-boarding or gym for 2 weeks after surgery.
- Do not give pain medication on an empty stomach. Your child should have yogurt or soft food prior to taking pain medication.
- Use either Tylenol or Lortab. Do not use both together. Wait at least 4 hours in between giving medications.
- Do not send child to school while on pain medication.
- You should have an appointment scheduled to follow-up with Dr. Graves 3-4 weeks following surgery. If you do not have a follow-up appointment, please call to schedule. This is very important to check your child's post-surgical healing.