Post-Operative Instructions

Surgical Site

  • Blood spotting from the incision is expected and not cause for alarm. All stitches will dissolve on their own. The incisions are usually covered with a purplish skin glue that will peel off on its own after 1-2 weeks.
  • You can shower approximately 48 hours after your surgery but avoid scrubbing the surgical site. Do not submerge underwater for 4 weeks (no bathtub or swimming pool).

Diet and Activity

  • You may return to your normal diet and light activity, as tolerated, after discharge. Avoid driving while on narcotic pain medications.
  • Please avoid any heavy lifting more than 10 lbs or strenuous physical activities altogether for 6 weeks and then ease back into your regular activity.


  • You will receive a prescription for a narcotic pain pill to use in addition to extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen). Narcotics can cause constipation so use over-the-counter stool softeners as needed.
  • Please avoid any Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, ibuprofen, or any other blood thinners after the procedure for at least five days.

Problems you should report

  • Fevers > 101.
  • Any pain not controlled by pain medication provided.
  • Spreading redness from incision.
  • Uncontrolled nausea or vomiting.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Any concerns or problems, please contact us at (717) 393-1771 anytime.


You should be scheduled for a post-operative appointment about 2-4 weeks after your surgery. Please call (717) 393-1771 to confirm time and location.