General Post Op Care Guidelines (times may vary based on medical needs and job requirements):
These are general guidelines, if you have specific activities you’d like to ask about please do.
No baths for 2 weeks / showers only -( for the first week do not let shower spray directly on incision)
Time off work depends on your job description. 7 days with a sit down job and anywhere from 2-6 weeks for a physical labor job – depending on daily activities.
No stairs for 7 days (unless mandatory – then up once/ down once per day)
No driving for 5 days
No reaching overhead, bending, twisting at the waist for 7-14 days (if it still hurts after a week add slowly the 2nd week)
nothing heavier than a gallon of milk for 1 week
nothing over 20 pounds for 2 weeks/ or more than 30 pounds for 6 weeks
No long periods of standing, walking for 2 weeks
No sex for 2 weeks (then only with condoms for 6 more weeks – sperm can cause scar tissue and in the tubes) Wait 8 full weeks before unprotected sex!
No house cleaning for 2 weeks
No floors (mopping/ vacuuming ) for 4-6 weeks
No exercise for 4 weeks (moderate walking after surgery is fine)
No aerobics, abdominal exercises or weight lifting for 8 weeks
No tanning beds for 12 weeks
No swimming pools 6 weeks / no ponds, lakes, oceans, etc for 12 weeks
Do not put antibiotics or creams on your incision. Cover with bandage to avoid irritation from clothing but leave open to air as often as possible.