Recovery Process

Recovery from surgery is usually very easy and uneventful. Overall, resting as much as possible the first few days after surgery is recommended.

Most patients report minimal discomfort after surgery and require minimal or no pain medication.

If there is pain, many patients find that they prefer to take something for pain at the first hint of discomfort instead of waiting until the pain builds up to an unbearable level. If you have mild or moderate pain, your doctor may advise you to take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or another pain reliever over the counter. Aspirin or aspirin-containing pain relievers may cause increased bleeding. Rarely, prescription pain medications may be required for severe pain.

Our office will let you know what pain medications are recommended for your specific condition.

Depending on the size, complexity, and location of the incision, most patients are able to return to work or school the next day. Avoiding heavy lifting, straining, or strenuous exercise for seven to 21 days may be required depending on the area of surgery. Dr. Nowicky will let you know what activity precautions are required based on the area and size of your procedure.

How you can aid in the healing process:

We strongly recommend that you do not smoke or use nicotine which decreases oxygen supply to the wound and will hinder the healing process. We also advise that you protect yourself from the sun, as sun damage is what usually leads to the development of skin cancers in the first place. Use a sunscreen with a high SPF (over 15) even on cloudy days, wear a hat, and make sure to stay out of midday sun (10 am-2pm).

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