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Before your surgery:
Do not eat or drink anything , including water, after midnight the night before surgery unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon.
Leave jewellery and valuables at home.
Ensure that you tell the staff if you are taking any 'blood thinners' or other medications.
You will change into a hospital gown and likely have an intravenous started.
Sequential compression stocking may be applied in order to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs during and after surgery.
Family and Friends:
Walking after surgery is very important.
You must go home with either a friend or relative by private vehicle or by taxi, NOT by public transportation.
Most patients do NOT need home care support.
Bandages will cover the sites where there were incisions and/or chest tubes.
These bandages should be kept dry and left in place for 2 days.
After 2 days, remove the bandages and gently wash the wound with mild soap in the shower.
Do not take a bath until all of the wounds are healed.
Further dressings are not needed, but you may cover the wound with a dry gauze if there is any drainage from it.
You are encouraged to do your regular activities.
No heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
Do not drive a car for 2 weeks following a major surgery.
You will be given prescriptions for pain or other medications when you are discharged.
Additional prescriptions will be given if needed.
Surgical Staples and Stitches:
You will be advised when surgical staples can be removed and this can be done by your family physician.
Before you leave the hospital, you will usually be given a follow-up appointment with your surgeon.
This will be in anywhere from 1-6 weeks time depending how you are doing when discharged.
Final pathology results from your surgery will be discussed during this appointment.
Call your surgeon's office if you have:
Excess Bleeding from a wound.
Drainage from a wound.
Shortness of breath.
Yellow or green sputum.