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Surgery Preparation & Recovery

To help make your surgical experience with a Cone Health Medical Group doctor go smoothly, follow guidelines for preparation and recovery.

Preparing for Surgery

Your doctor will tell you how to prepare for your specific surgery. Before many procedures, you’ll need to:

  • Avoid eating or drinking after midnight prior to surgery
  • Remove eye contacts, jewelry and makeup
  • Shower or bathe
  • Temporarily stop taking certain medications or supplements
  • Undergo blood or imaging tests

Recovering After Surgery

Following your procedure, you’ll receive detailed post-op and discharge instructions to help you stay safe and well.

Outpatient Surgery

After returning home following an outpatient procedure, you may need to:

  • Avoid showering or bathing for 48 hours
  • Change medical dressings and bandages
  • Lift no more than five pounds for seven to 10 days
  • Stop driving or operating machinery for three to five days

Inpatient Surgery

After returning home following an inpatient operation, you may need to:

  • Avoid showering or bathing for seven to 10 days, or longer if you have open wounds
  • Change medical dressings and bandages
  • Lift no more than 10 pounds for three to four weeks
  • Stop driving or operating machinery for 10 to 14 days
  • Some procedures may require more detailed post operative care and that information will be given to you before you leave the hospital, along with instructions on how to follow up with your surgeon.

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