A Brief Note On The Health Care Provider

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Abdominoplasty, Care After Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information about caring for yourself after your procedure. Your health care provider may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions after your procedure. WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE After your procedure, it is common to have: • Pain and soreness in your abdomen. • A small amount of blood or clear fluid coming from your incision. • HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS Medicines • Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider. • If you were prescribed an antibiotic medicine, take it as told by your health care provider. Do not stop taking the antibiotic even if you start to feel better. Driving • Do not drive for 24 hours if you eeceived a sedative. • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking prescription pain medicine. Incision and Drainage Tube Care • Keep your incision area clean and dry. • Check your incision area every day for signs of infection. Check for: • More redness, swelling, or pain. • More fluid or blood. • Warmth. • Pus or a bad smell. • Follow instructions from your health care provider about how to take care of your incision. Make sure you: • Wash your hands with soap and water before you change your bandage (dressing). If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. • Change your dressing as told by your health care provider. • Leave stitches (sutures), skin glue, or adhesive strips in place. These skin closures may need to be in... ... middle of paper ... ...n a plastic bag. • Place a towel between your skin and the bag. • Leave the ice on for 20 minutes, 2–3 times per day. • Wear compression stockings as told by your health care provider. These stockings help to prevent blood clots and reduce swelling in your legs. • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your health care provider. This is important. SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF: • You have more redness, swelling, or pain around your incision area. • You have more fluid or blood coming from your incision area. • Your incision feels warm to the touch. • You have pus or a bad smell coming from your incision area. • You have a fever. • You have fluid draining from your incision that is yellow or green. • SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF: • You have severe pain. • Your incision starts to open. • ExitCare® Patient Information ©2012 ExitCare, LLC.
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