Your incisions will have stitches that dissolve on the inside and a medical superglue on the outside. Briefly, you don’t have to do anything. Nothing to take care of; nothing to dress or care for. You may shower the next day. No bath/swimming pool for at least a week.
You will likely hurt most at the largest incision which is usually low in the middle or on the left side. It is also likely that this larger incision will swell (feel like there is a bump or knot underneath it) and bruise. This is all perfectly normal. It is also very normal for your pain to mostly go away, but when you move a certain way/cough/sneeze for you to experience a sharp pain at this bigger incision site.
Nausea and occasionally vomiting is not uncommon for the first 24 hours. This is usually due to the medicines to put you to sleep as well as the surgery itself. Occasionally nausea can persist for a few days. During this time you should try to drink as much liquids as possible to keep from getting dehydrated. Nausea medication is typically prescribed and can be taken as needed.
Please call the office after your surgery and set up a follow-up appointment for 2 weeks after your surgery
Incisions typically heal with a small amount of pink/red around the incision. Also itching is normal. Bruising (all colors: blue/purple/yellow/green) can also be seen at the incision site or around it. A small amount of clear/reddish fluid drainage can sometimes be seen as well and is usually ok. If the incision site becomes bright red or starts to drain excessively, please contact the office.
In general, the more activity the better. This means walking around and other non-strenuous activity. It is better to hurt a little more and be active than to lay on the couch for a week. Your legs need to help circulate your blood so you don’t get blood clots. They do this best when walking. You will notice that your energy level is not what it was before surgery. This is normal. When you feel tired, it is time to rest. It usually takes longer than you think to get your energy level back. I recommend no heavy lifting (> 15 pounds) for 4 weeks after the surgery.
Some itching is normal. The best treatment for itching is over-the-counter Benadryl. Please be aware that this can cause drowsiness. This is preferable to anti-itch creams but these too may be used if you have no relief with Benadryl (although preferably not directly on the incisions). Occasionally people will develop a rash right around the incision(s). If this happens, you are likely allergic to either the superglue, stitches, or your body reacts this way to incisions. The same treatment as above is recommended. Also, a few people will have a generalized rash that covers just the abdomen. This likely signifies that you are allergic to the cleaning solution used to prep the skin before surgery. Again, the same treatment as above is recommended. For relief, sometimes around the clock Benadryl is needed for several days.