The night before surgery, before you’re put under general anesthesia (if you need it), it’s a good idea to wash your hair.
You can wash your hair when you wake up the next morning, or you can wash it the night before. Make sure you wash it gently, so you don’t get any knots or tangles.
You’ll probably be asked to wash your hair before surgery, so you’ll want to make sure you do.
After surgery, you might be asked to keep your hair up in a ponytail. This is especially true if you were given a general anesthetic, you had a blood transfusion, or you had a bowel resection.
This is the same hairstyle you’ll be able to get back for a while. You’ll have to let it grow out a bit to make sure the stitches heal up, but your hair should be back to its pre-surgery condition within a few weeks.
If you had a blood transfusion, you’ll get a new set of clothes. You might be able to keep your hair short afterward, however, your surgeon might ask you to keep it short to avoid giving you a blood clot.
After any type of surgery, you’ll probably be told to avoid exercising for a while. This includes walking, running, and climbing stairs. You’ll be encouraged to get back to your normal activities as soon as possible.
How long does it take to recover from a surgery?
You might feel a bit tired after surgery. It will vary depending on the type of surgery you had. For example, if you had a hip or knee replacement, you might feel a little sore and weak for a few days, but you’ll feel much better after a few days.
Your recovery time will vary based on the type of surgery you had as well as any complications. There’s no typical time for recovery.
How do I care for my incision?
You’ll be given a dressing to wear that should stay on for 24 hours after surgery. You’ll be able to shower the day after your surgery, but it’s a good idea to keep the dressing on at all times until it’s removed.
You’ll want to keep the dressing wet for at least 48 hours after your surgery. This will allow the dressing to draw any fluid from your incision site.
It’s not a good idea to soak the dressing in hot water, though. This can cause the dressing to come off and your incision to get wet.
While you’re recovering from surgery, you’ll want to keep your incision clean and dry. This includes any gauze that you have on it.
Avoid scrubbing or pulling at your incision. This can cause it to swell.
What should I do if I have a fever after surgery?
It’s important to keep your wound clean and dry after surgery to prevent infection. If you have a fever after surgery, you can take a cool bath or shower, apply a cool compress to the incision, or take an over-the-counter (OTC) antibiotic.
What should I do if I have a rash after surgery?
If you have a rash after surgery, it’s most likely due to a skin infection. You should see your doctor as soon as possible. If you don’t, you could develop a skin abscess. This is a pocket of pus that can form in the incision.
You should avoid scratching the incision. This could cause the abscess to rupture.
What can I do to prevent infection?
Following these steps can help to prevent infection:
- Don’t use a sharp object to clean or shave your incision. This can cause the skin to tear.
- Don’t use a razor to shave your head or face.
- Don’t apply harsh soaps or creams to your incision as this can irritate your skin.
- Don’t rub your incision. This can cause it to swell.
- Don’t put anything wet or warm on your incision.
- Don’t scratch or pop your incision. This can cause the abscess to rupture.
What should I do if my incision starts to bleed?
Bleeding from your incision may be a sign of infection. If you have any type of bleeding, see your doctor immediately.
What should I do about a skin?
If you have a skin infection, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. If the infection isn’t treated, it can spread to other parts of your body.
What can I do to help relieve a sore throat?
It’s a good idea to have a cold drink like cough syrup to help loosen up any mucus in your throat. You can also gargle with warm salt water to help ease any soreness.
What can I do to help a sore throat?
There are a few things you can do to help a sore throat:
- Gargle with warm salt water.
- Take an OTC cough suppressant.
- Drink warm liquids.
If your throat is really sore, you might want to see your doctor. This is a sign of an infection.
What should I do about a cough?
If your cough is a result of a cold or the flu, you’ll want to rest and let your cough go. Coughing is your body’s way of clearing your airways.
If your cough is due to a lung infection, you’ll want to see your doctor. This is a sign of a more serious infection.
What can I do to help a cough?
Here are some things you can do to help a cough:
- Gargle with warm salt water to help loosen up your throat.
- Drink warm liquids to help get the mucus out.
- Cough cough drops.
- Use a humidifier.
If your cough is a result of a lung infection, you’ll want to see your doctor. This is a sign of a more serious infection.
How do I care for a sore throat?
Here are some tips to help you care for a sore throat:
- Gargle with warm salt water
- Take OTC cough medications
- Drink warm liquids
- Use OTC oral pain relievers
- See your doctor
It’s a good idea to see your doctor if you have a sore throat. This is a sign of a more serious infection.
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