Procedure Instructions

What Can I Expect after Surgery?

For most procedures:

  • You should get your prescriptions filled before you come to surgery. This may include antibiotic ointment or eye drops, etc.
  • You will need a responsible adult driver to take you home.
  • No driving for 24 hours after surgery.

Day 1 through day 2 or 3 after surgery:

  • Apply ointment or drops as prescribed.
  • Use cool compresses for 15 minutes 4-6 times per day.
  • You will need to sleep with your head elevated above your heart. You can use 2-3 pillows behind the head or sleep in a recliner.
  • Avoid bending over at the waist. This includes yoga poses, yard work, etc.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or high exertion physical activity for 1-2 weeks.
  • Bruising and swelling may start as early as immediately after surgery or may start to develop 2-3 days after surgery. This may last 1-2 weeks before improving.
  • After day 3-4: You may stop the cool compresses and change to warm compresses that you will apply 5-10 minutes at a time 2-3 times per day. You can continue these through your first post-op appointment.
  • Between 7-14 days: You will be seen in the office for your first post-op check-up and usually, stitches are removed at this time.
  • Between 4-8 weeks after surgery: You will be seen in the office for your final post-op check-up.

What can I take for pain?

Tylenol or Acetaminophen is a good choice for most people since it is not a blood thinner and will not worsen bruising and swelling like other over the counter pain medicines can. Check with your doctor to see if it is safe for you to take Tylenol or Acetaminophen.