During the first week, you will sleep on your back. Get out of bed every 2-3hrs and walk a little bit, thenback to resting. Avoid any strenuous movements and heavy lifting.
Heavy exercise or straining can cause bleeding or swelling during the first few weeks. Return to normal activity should be a gradual process and should never cause discomfort. Stop if you areuncomfortable!
- First 3 weeks: You may take a gentle walk within a few days, “short Sunday stroll”. You may drive whenyou are comfortable and have discontinued all medications, typically 10 days post operatively.
- Weeks 4-6: Legs & light cardiovascular exercise only (lower body movement, no arms)
- Week 7-12: Gradual increase in cardio exercise & light upper body training( abdomen, biceps - no peck exercises for first 3 months )
Cold compresses help minimize swelling and bruising. Use a bowl of ice cubes with gauze at the bed side to soothe sore areas during the first 2 days. It is more important to sleep than to have ice on the eyelids,so don’t ‘stay up’ in order to ice. When you do awaken, apply some ice before going back to sleep.
DO NOT BEND FORWARD
ARNICA & LIGHT THERAPY
Optional - You may take Arnica which is a homeopathic remedy to aid in reducing your bruising and swelling post-operatively. Light Therapy can assist in the healing process.
Cleanse your eyes with cooled boiled water and apply your prescribed eye ointment with cotton tips 4 times daily to suture lines.
SWELLING & BRUISING
Difficult to anticipate as this differs from person to person, but we find that with upper eyelids most settles after 2 weeks, healing of the lower lids tend to take longer & bruising may last up to 6 weeks.
Use the refresh plus eye drops as required to soothe irritated eyes.
If you bleed from one of the suture lines, apply pressure with gauze for 10 – 20 minutes, and it will almostcertainly stop. If dried or clotted blood is stuck in the suture line, we advise gentle cleansing with cleanwater using a cotton bud or gauze.
Removal of sutures at 5-7 days after surgery. The application of your prescribed eye ointment can then beapplied during the day until the tube is finished.
BATHING & SHOWERING
Take care when washing your hair and face or applying makeup/sunscreen/moisturizer not to get any product on the eyelids until the day after the sutures are removed.
Scars take at least one year to fade completely. During this time, you must protect them from thesun. Even through a bathing suit, a good deal of UV radiation can reach the skin and causedamage. Wear a sunscreen with a skin-protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 at all times when in theoutdoors.
The incisions will be covered with Bactroban ointment for about 2-3 weeks after surgery, then topical Vit Aor Silicone for 8-12 weeks. ( this will be explained to you after surgery )
MEDICATION - Take medications as directed
Contact Dr Geldenhuys if you develop nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation or bloating. If pain persists despite pain medications please contact Dr Geldenhuys.
Have 3 meals a day with plenty of fiber, protein & carbohydrates. Hydrate yourself with plenty of noncarbonated drinks: water & freshly squeezed juices.
CALL ROOMS (021) 424 5218 IF YOU HAVE
- A temperature greater than 37’C.
- Excessive bleeding from your eyes or incision sites
- A sudden increase in pain, or swelling.
- Any questions regarding your care.