Post-Operative Instructions

Surgical Site

  • Blood spotting from the incision is expected and not cause for alarm. All stitches will dissolve on their own.
  • You may apply ice packs to the incision area as needed for comfort for the first two days.
  • You can shower approximately 24 hours after your surgery but avoid scrubbing the surgical site. Do not submerge underwater for 2 weeks (no bathtub or swimming pool).

Diet and Activity

  • You may return to your normal diet and light activity, as tolerated, after surgery but avoid driving while on narcotic pain medications.
  • Avoid deep bending at the waist for several days.


  • 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 two days.

Problems you should report

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


You should be scheduled for a post-operative appointment about 2 weeks after your surgery.

Please call (717) 393-1771 to confirm time and location.