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When you leave the hospital, the medical team at Surgical Consult Services will provide you with specific instructions related to your surgery. You may be given a special diet to follow for a short time. While you are recovering at home, the medical team at Surgical Consult Services recommends the following tips to a healthy, fast, safe recovery.

Home Care

  •  Avoid strenuous activity for one to two days after your procedure
  • Take sitz baths (sit for 10 minutes in about three inches of warm water) at least three times a day and after each bowel movement
  • Don’t worry if you have some bleeding, discharge, or itching during your recovery. This is normal.
  • Avoid constipation. Use a laxative or stool softeners, such as Colace®, 100mg by mouth twice daily
  • Drink one tablespoon of mineral oil at bedtime
  • Eat more high-fiber foods
  • Drink six to eight glasses of water a day, unless directed otherwise
  • Spend less time sitting on the toilet
  • Avoid straining with bowel movements. Straining increases pressure and irritation, which can lead to pain and swelling
  • Sexual activity as tolerated. If it starts to hurt – stop

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following:

  • A fever above 100.5°F
  • A large amount of drainage or bleeding
  • Trouble urinating
  • No bowel movements for more than 48 hours

 

Read our discharge instructions related to specific surgical procedures:

Surgical Consult Services Locations

FAX 973-290-7521

Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm Emails are answered daily from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please allow 24 hours for response.

FAX 973-290-7521

Please call for office hours. Emails are answered daily from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please allow 24 hours for response.