You may return to your normal diet within 24 hours following your surgery. You may note some mild nausea and possibly vomiting the first six to eight hours following surgery. This is usually due to the side effects of anesthesia, and will resolve quite soon. We suggest clear liquids and a very light meal the first evening following surgery.
Your physical activity is to be limited, especially during the first two weeks after surgery. During this time, use the following guidelines:
- No lifting heavy objects (anything greater than 10 lbs.) for 4 weeks.
- No driving for at least 10 days.
- No strenuous exercise for 4 weeks.
- No sexual intercourse for 2 weeks.
- No severe straining during bowel movements - take a laxative if necessary.
- You may walk as much as you want. You may use stairs.
- You may shower unless instructed not to do so. (Avoid baths, pools, Jacuzzis for 2 weeks.)
In most cases your incision will be covered with a dressing. You will be able to shower the second day following surgery, but avoid scrubbing the area of your dressing. You may shower 48 hours after surgery. Avoid baths, swimming pools and Jacuzzis (anything that submerges the incision) for at least 2 weeks or until the incision(s) are completely healed.
Do not be surprised if there is mild to moderate scrotal swelling and bruising. This is quite typical following surgery and may actually last for four to six weeks. Scrotal hematomas (blood clots) are not uncommon after any type of scrotal surgery. Please apply direct pressure to the area if there the scrotum is enlarging and contact our office for follow-up.
You may remove the surgical dressing on the second day after surgery. You will see some Steri-Strips in place. Leave these in place for 1 week and then you may remove them. You may also want to wear a scrotal support with padding for the first 72 hours to help control scrotal swelling.
In most cases you will be sent home with a narcotic pain pill. If the pain is not severe, you may take either Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) which contain no narcotic agents, and might be tolerated a little better. Keep in mind that many narcotic pain medications also contain acetaminophen and you should take no more than 4000 mg of acetaminophen per day.
Problems You Should Report To Us:
- Fever or 101° Fahrenheit.
- Moderate or severe swelling under the skin incision or involving the scrotum.
- Drug reactions such as hives, a rash, nausea or vomiting
- Significant scrotal swelling .
You should contact our office at 410.266.8049 within 24 hours to set up your first follow-up appointment. This visit, to check your incision and progress, is usually set up 10-14 days following your surgery. Additional follow-up appointments will be made at that time.