Post-Opertative Medications

Medication: You will be discharged with THREE different medications from the prescription received during the Pre-Operative Visit. Use them as directed on the label. Read all precautions about your medications and discuss all interactions with other medicine you are taking with your primary care physician and surgeon.

1. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID): START TAKING THESE MEDICATIONS THE DAY YOU GET HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL. An anti-inflammatory is used to help reduce swelling and pain. You need to take your anti-inflammatory on a regular basis for a full 12 weeks after surgery. While you are taking your anti-inflammatory, do not take other medications such as ADVIL, ALEVE, IBUPROPHEN or MOTRIN so as to not double up on these types of medications. If you want to take something over the counter for pain while taking the anti-inflammatory you can take Tylenol (acetaminophen). DO NOT TAKE ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES IF YOU HAVE AN ASPIRIN ALLERGY OR ANY ACTIVE STOMACH/ULCER PROBLEMS.

2. Antibiotic: START TAKING WHEN YOU GET HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL. This drug is used to prevent post operative infection. Take the entire prescription as directed for one week. It is important to take the full prescription not only to have it be fully effective, but also to decrease the chance of developing a resistance to the medication in the future. Antibiotics can cause an upset stomach, including diarrhea because they remove good and bad bacteria which change the normal balance in your stomach. To combat this, you can try eating more yogurt or take yogurt (acidophilus) tablets to help restore good bacteria. Antibiotics alter the efficacy of birth control pills, so women who are using oral contraceptives should use a back up method for the remainder of the cycle. Antibiotics can also cause yeast infections in women. If this occurs, it can be treated by over-the-counter medications, or call the nurse who can call in a single dose of oral medication.

3. Pain Killer: ONLY TO BE TAKEN AS NEEDED FOR PAIN. YOU MAY START TAKING THE DAY YOU GET HOME FORM THE HOSPITAL. A narcotic is taken to help decrease pain after surgery. Discomfort can be expected after surgery and we want you to be able to keep on top of it. The pain medication is to be taken ONLY AS NEEDED. Even if you do not think you will need it, we do want you to fill the prescription so that you have it. Narcotics can cause drowsiness, so do not drink or drive while taking this medication. They may also cause nausea. If you go back to work soon after surgery you may want to take it in the evenings and use only the anti-inflammatory for pain during the day. Extra strength Tylenol is also a great pain killer and can be taken as a first resort with your anti-inflammatory to decrease the need for a narcotic. Taking a pain killer on a regular basis can cause constipation. To help keep you regular, use an over the counter fiber supplement such as Metamucil or Citrucel.

Medication Refills: If you notice you are getting low on a medication that you need and do not have any remaining refills, please plan ahead and notify us at least two days before your medication runs out. Click here for ordering instructions.