Follow the instructions given to you by your
If the instructions from your surgeon are not clear or do
not cover your particular problem, contact your surgeon.
symptom or problem starts after the office or health facility is closed, call
your surgeon's office and leave a message with the answering service (or follow
instructions given on the answering machine). If you leave a message, be sure
to include your name and phone number so that your surgeon (or the on-call
surgeon) can contact you.
You will be given special instructions
after your surgery for taking care of the incision. Be sure to follow those
instructions carefully. If you misplaced your instructions, follow these
general instructions for taking care of the incision
until you can speak with your surgeon.
Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking slows healing because it decreases blood supply and delays tissue repair. For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
Write down your symptom or problem. It may help you become
more aware of your specific symptom or problem or give you ideas about its
cause. It will also help prepare you to talk to your surgeon about what you are