Pre and Post Op Care

Post-Operative Instructions.

  • After your procedure you will be given specific instructions on how to manage your pain, wounds, activity, and diet. These following instructions are directed toward providing more information on your recovery. Always refer to the post-operative instructions you were given at discharge and please use the following as an adjunct.
  • The surgeons at The Surgical Affiliates of NJ are available 24 hours/day 7 days/week to help answer more specific questions if you have any postoperative concerns.

Contact us at (732)846-9500 if:

  1. Temperature greater than 101oF
  2. Bleeding through your dressing
  3. Your wound looks “beet red” is oozing milky, green, gray or foul smelling discharge. (Clear, straw colored or pink discharge is typically ok. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns)
  4. IF A TRUE MEDICAL EMERGENCY EXISTS CALL 911
          1. Do not drive, operate machinery or be responsible for the livelihood of those around you.
          2. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking narcotics.
          3. You should take a mild stool softener or laxative while you are taking narcotics as constipation is the most common complaint individuals have while taking narcotics. Over the counter Miralax or Dulcolax can assist, should constipation become an issue.
          4. While we recommend to only use narcotics if needed, you should be aware that some narcotics contain acetaminophen(the same ingredient as Tylenol) and don’t recommend using acetaminophen/tylenol in conjunction with these combination drugs. Also, while it is safe in most circumstances to take ibuprofen, naprosyn, Motrin, Advil or Alleve in conjunction with narcotics, some patients may have an elevated bleeding risk when using these medications and should not take them if this risk exists.