As all procedures differ greatly, so will your tailored post-operative directions. With any treatment or procedure, you will receive thorough directions and counseling for both pre and post operative care. Please review your specific material carefully as instructions vary greatly between procedures and individuals. The following items are general guidelines for many procedures, which may or may not apply to your individual care.
If you have any questions or need another copy of your instructions, please contact our office immediately at (316) 722-1333.
General Post-Operative Instructions for Surgical Procedures
- For surgeries requiring you to “go under” general anesthesia, you will be released to a friend or family member to drive you home. It is in best practice for a caretaker to be available for 24 hours following the procedure.
- Swelling and bruising is common in most procedures, with the swelling being at its worst about 48 hours following the surgery. Ice may be helpful in keeping the swelling down and may be recommended for the first 24 hours.
- Ace bandages, compression sleeves, or other dressings may be placed on you after the surgery and are usually required to be worn for 2 weeks, day and night. You may shower 24 hours after surgery unless drains are in place, then sponge baths are recommended.
- For blepharoplasty, suture care involves an ointment to apply twice a day. Most other procedures require you to keep the stitches clean and having them removed about a week after the operation.
- For 2 weeks after surgery, avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity. For most procedures, normal activities may be resumed within 2 weeks.
- Six weeks after surgery you can usually resume strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, bowling, golf, tennis, swimming, running, etc. as long as you can tolerate them comfortably.
- After surgery, it will be necessary for Dr. Oberhelman to see you in the office. The first follow-up visit will be the day after surgery. The second will be 1-2 weeks, then 1 month, and then 3 months following your procedure.
Be sure to report immediately any signs of bleeding that persist after ten minutes of direct pressure, infection, redness, fever, unusual drainage or pain.
Please call our office at (316) 722-1333 for obvious bleeding, swelling or hardness of the arms, fever over 101.5 degrees, redness, swelling or pus at the wound, persistent vomiting, any problems or questions. For emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Home Instructions Following Endovenous Closure
- You may experience some tenderness and possibly some bruising along the areas where local anesthesia was administered. Most patients tell us that they feel a pulling or “rubber band” sensation on the inside of their leg. This is common, when the vein is closed down it will not flex and move as you do.
- You may also experience clear or pink drainage, soreness and/or tight feelings in your leg.
- Your leg will be wrapped after the procedure, which may be removed after 48 hours so that you may shower. After showering you will apply the compression hose and you will wear these during the day for the next 3 weeks. It is important for you to wear your compression hose that have been prescribed and fitted to you to allow proper closure of the treated vein(s).
- It is important that you stay active the day of your procedure to avoid complications. You can resume your normal activities after 24 hours but avoid prolonged sitting or standing, strenuous activities and heavy lifting for 5-7 days. Do not submerge in a pool, lake, tub, hot tub, etc.
- It is important that you not take any anti-inflammatory medications, such as Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, etc, while your legs are healing. If you have any discomfort, Tylenol is best.
- Trapped blood often develops. This occurs when the blood gets caught inside the vein as it heals. This area may feel bumpy and tender to the touch. This will eventually resolve over time.
- If you are unable to keep any post-operative appointment as scheduled, please call 24-48 hours prior to your procedure, as there is a waiting list of patients to be cared for. Should you need to make a change, please call the Scheduling office at (316) 722-1333.
- You will need to see Dr. Oberhelman in approximately 6-8 weeks after completion of all procedures and you can schedule that after your last ultrasound.
Note: Phlebology is a very specialized practice, to avoid misdiagnosis, please call us first with any problems you may have with your leg. Please call us right away at (316) 722-1333 if you experience any of these symptoms: bleeding that does not stop by holding pressure, fever greater than 101.4 that does not go away with fever reducers, chills, prolonged tenderness, redness, warmth along the treated segment, moderate to severe pain preventing return to normal activities, shortness of breath, or swelling of the treated limb.
For emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.