Post-Operative Instructions for General Surgery

For many of you, the day of your discharge can be a frightening time. We
have compiled a list of routine instructions based on the common questions
and concerns of patients.

• Depending on the type of procedure you had, we generally like to see you in
the office 5 to 10 days after your surgery for follow up care. If you did not receive
an appoinment date and time with your surgery instruction packet, please call
our office at 716-675-7730.
• It may be important to see your primary care physician about one week after
your discharge. The purpose of this is to see that your general health care needs
are being met, i.e. blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
• Your wound is still healing. Therefore the general recommendation after major
surgery is: no heavy lifting, tugging or pulling of greater than ten pounds for four
to six weeks.
• You may climb stairs. Just conserve the number of trips each day. Use common
• You may shower the day following your surgery. If a shower is not available,
you may bathe, but do not soak for too long.
• You should not drive a car for fourteen days after major surgery. This is as
much for your protection as for others.
• The little Steri-Strips in your incision can be pulled off ten days from the time
of surgery. If a few fall off before, do not worry.
• A prescription for pain will be supplied to you at the time of your discharge.
• You may have to follow a particular diet depending on the type of surgery you had.
• If any problems should arise once you are home, please call (716) 675-7730.
One of our physicians is on call 24 hours a day. We will get back to you as soon
as possible. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We appreciate your patience with us. Please know that our main goal is to
provide you with the best surgical care possible. If we can help you regarding
your postoperative course, please contact our office.