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After Surgery

Recovering from Surgery at Home

  • Diet
    • Some patients can eat a normal diet, but for others it may take up to three weeks to return to normal.  Listen to your body and eat what seems reasonable. (You will be told if there are any foods you cannot eat before you leave.)
    • Begin with fluids. Increase your diet gradually to light foods.
    • Drink 6 glasses of fluids a day.
     
  • Pain Medicines
    • Take over-the-counter pain pills such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) at regular times throughout the day (unless they conflict with other prescriptions). These pain pills will help to keep your pain under control and prevent intolerable “breakthrough” pain.
    • Add prescription pain pills when ibuprofen or acetaminophen is not enough to control pain.
     
  • Upset Stomach/Constipation
    • Prescription pain pills often cause constipation, nausea, and vomiting.  If this occurs, take over-the-counter pain pills and limit prescription pain pill use. You may use an over the counter laxative or a stool softener, unless told otherwise. Eat high fiber foods, like bran and fruits.

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