Frequently Asked Questions

Surgery Questions





These are general recommendations for informational purposes only. They are not intended as medical advice. Please contact your physician if you have questions related to your specific concerns.


Incision Care

  • When do my staples/stitches come out?
  • When can I remove my bandages?
  • Can I take my steristrips off?
  • My incision is draining, is this normal?
  • Do / can I put antibacterial ointment on my incisions?
  • I have swelling on my incision. Is this normal?
  • I have blood on my bandages. Is this okay?
  • My incision opened. What do I do?
  • I have a rash/blisters on or near my incision, what do I do?
When do my staples/stitches come out?

7 to 10 days post – surgery

When can I remove my bandages?

2 days after surgery, unless bandage is soaked. You will remove the bandage and clean the area with soap and water. Then, pat dry and apply a fresh bandage. This can be a Band-Aid® or gauze with tape.

Can I take my steristrips off?

When you shower, allow the steristrips to get wet. They will fall off on their own in 7-10 days.

My incision is draining, is this normal?

You will have drainage. However, the signs of infection are redness at the incision site (that spreads), incision feels hot, and drainage that has a foul odor. If this occurs, please contact us at (817) 251-0070.

Do / can I put antibacterial ointment on my incisions?

There is no need for this, unless directed otherwise by a physician assistant.

I have swelling on my incision. Is this normal?

This will occur. However, if you notice fever, redness or drainage with a foul odor please conact us at (817) 251 – 0070.

I have blood on my bandages. Is this okay?

It is normal. However, if the flow is consistent and soaks your bandage in less than 15 minutes, please contact us at (817) 251-0070.

My incision opened. What do I do?

Contact us as at (817) 251-0070 as soon as possible.

I have a rash/blisters on or near my incision, what do I do?

Apply antibacterial ointment to the area and apply a non-adhesive bandage. Try not to agitate the blisters.


Pain Management

  • I am having pain after surgery. Is this to be expected?
  • When does my pain pump come out?
I am having pain after surgery. Is this to be expected?

It is normal however, if the pain doesn’t get better after taking pain medicaitons, please contact us

When does my pain pump come out?

Three days after surgery. The nurse will show you how to remove it when you are discharged from the hospital.


Physical Concerns

  • I have a rash on my body. Is this normal?
  • I have leg or arm pain with swelling. What do I do?
  • I am having fever. What should I do?
  • How long do I wear my abdominal binder after my hernia repair?
  • What can I take for constipation?
  • What should I do if I’m having trouble urinating?
  • When does my drain come out?
  • I have really bad gas. what can I take?
  • What can I take for diarrhea?
  • I have mesh after a hernia repair. Is it normal for me to feel burning and pinching?
  • I am having severe nausea. What can I do?
I have a rash on my body. Is this normal?

This can occur from an allergic reaction to the medications. If this occurs, stop taking medications and start taking Benadryl as directed on bottle. Then contact us as soon as possible.

I have leg or arm pain with swelling. What do I do?

Contact us as soon as possible at (817) 251-0070.

I am having fever. What should I do?

Contact us  as soon as possible at (817) 251-0070.

How long do I wear my abdominal binder after my hernia repair?

At least two weeks. You may remove it to shower.

What can I take for constipation?

Milk of Magnesia or stool softeners (we prefer you start taking stool softeners the day after surgery even if you are not constipated, to avoid constipation). It is common for patients not to have a bowel movement for two to three days after surgery.

What should I do if I’m having trouble urinating?

Contact us as soon as possible at (817) 251-0070.

When does my drain come out?

It usually comes out five days after surgery. Call our office (817) 251-0070 for an appointment to have it removed.

I have really bad gas. what can I take?

You can take Gas-X; however, patients who have laparoscopic surgery may experience trapped air in the shoulder. Shoulder movements may help relieve some of this pain. Walking also helps at times.

What can I take for diarrhea?

Kaopectate. If this doesn’t help in a 24-hour period please contact us at (817) 251-0070.

I have mesh after a hernia repair. Is it normal for me to feel burning and pinching?

It is common, however if you notice redness, swelling, or fever, please contact us at (817) 251-0070.

I am having severe nausea. What can I do?

Some nausea is normal after surgery. However, if you are persistently having difficulty keeping liquids or solids down, contact us as soon as possible at (817) 251-0070.


Hygiene

  • When can I shower?
  • When can I take a bath or go swimming?
When can I shower?

You may shower the day after surgery.

When can I take a bath or go swimming?

Patients may not sit in a pool of water for two weeks from the day of surgery.


Post-Surgery Follow-Up

  • When do I need to follow up with the doctor after surgery?
  • I had breast surgery and am waiting for my pathology report. When will I get the results?
When do I need to follow up with the doctor after surgery?

Usually two weeks, unless directed otherwise by physician or assistant.

I had breast surgery and am waiting for my pathology report. When will I get the results?

Your surgeon typically receives the report from pathology within 48 hours of the biopsy and will call the same day.

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