We are pleased that you have chosen us to provide your neurosurgery care. Taking care of yourself after surgery is a key part of your recovery. This information will assist you with your post-operative care regarding activity and care of your wound.

 

FIRST THREE DAYS

Your hand will have a bulky dressing and a short wrist splint applied to it immediately after surgery. Leave the dressing on your hand for the first three days after surgery.

  • Your ability to use your hand will be limited.
  • It is important to keep your hand elevated as much as possible. This elevation reduces swelling, allows the wound to heal faster and relieves pain. For example, while you are sitting on a couch, place your arm upon the back cushion as to elevate the arm and hand above the level of the heart. When lying down, keep your elbow and hand supported on a pillow or place the hand on the chest, once again to keep it above the level of the heart. While walking periodically place your hand on top of your head, again above the level of the heart as it will keep swelling to a minimum.
  • A few small spots of blood on the dressing are normal after surgery. In the unlikely event there is more significant bleeding, apply direct manual pressure to the wound. Please call us or seek medical attention for any bleeding that is enough to soak a dressing.
  • Keep your shoulder and the rest of your arm as mobile as possible, and move your shoulder through its complete range of motion three times a day to prevent it from getting stiff.
DAY THREE AND AFTER
  • Remove the bulky dressing and wrist splint on the third day after surgery. You can do this by unwrapping the dressing material, or carefully using scissors to cut the layers of dressing away from your wrist and hand. Your wound is closed with nylon sutures. The ends of the sutures will protrude from the skin at the edges of the incision. Please do not remove these suture ends. Your wound may also have small tape-like bandages called Steri Strips, do not remove these. However, if the Steri Strips loosen and fall off, do not be alarmed, this happens if they become wet.
  • We will remove the staples or sutures when we see you for follow-up in our clinic, generally 10 to 14 days after your surgery.
  • Change the dressing once a day, or as needed if it gets wet or soiled. The dressing can be a gauze pad secured with tape, or other type of wound dressing, such as a BandAid that is large enough to cover the wound. You will be given some gauze and tape at the time of your discharge.
  • You may shower or bathe with your dressing covered with an occlusive type dressing. The easiest way to occlude water from your wound may be placing a plastic bag over the entire hand and sealed at the wrist with rubber band or similar closure. After the shower, blot the wound dry, and place a new dressing. Do not submerge your wound in any liquid until instructed that it is ok to do so.
  • You do not need to elevate your arm or use the splint unless you find that this is more comfortable for you.
  • You may be able to use your operated hand for some simple activities, such as holding or moving small, light objects. Limit lifting to a maximum of eight pounds for the first two weeks. Avoid significant or repetitive use of your operated hand until we see you for follow-up.
  • Once the wound is well-healed you can gradually resume your normal activities with that hand.
DRIVING

Do not drive until all pain medication has been stopped and a vehicle can be safely controlled. The incision in your hand can also impair your ability to operate your vehicle. If you feel it is unsafe to drive, have someone else drive for you. You need to use your best judgment in this regard.

 

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Some incisional discomfort or pain may be expected after surgery. In order to minimize your discomfort, you will be given a prescription for a pain medication. Use your pain medication as directed. Pain medication use should decrease as the pain improves.

The pain of a surgical incision, like all injuries, can benefit from ice application. If needed, ice may be applied to the affected area 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Remember you can freeze your skin just like you can burn it so place a barrier like a thin towel or pillowcase between the ice and your skin.

Contact us during regular business hours for refill requests. Some prescriptions can be electronically transmitted to the pharmacy. Other prescriptions need to be hand written and either need to be mailed to you or picked up in our office during regular business hours. It may take up to 48 hours for prescription refills to be completed; this does not include mailing time.

 

FOLLOW-UP CARE

We will generally make an appointment to see you in our clinic 10- to 14 days after your surgery. If you leave the hospital without a follow up appointment please call our office to make an appointment.

Call with questions, concerns or changes in your condition. We would much rather know how you are doing, and try to answer your questions or concerns, rather than have you be uncertain or worried about how you are doing.

If you experience emergency or urgent conditions while you are at home, call 911. Otherwise, please contact us at 715-843-1000. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After hours, the contact number above will automatically connect to our paging service. Generally one of our physicians and/or physician assistants is on call for our practice. On rare occasions another physician may be providing coverage for our patients.

We hope this information is helpful, and thank you once again for allowing us to provide your surgical care.


Carpal Tunnel Surgery Post-Operative Care

We are pleased that you have chosen us to provide your neurosurgery care. Taking care of yourself after surgery is a key part of your recovery. This information will assist you with your post-operative care.

 

ACTIVITY
  1. Walking: In addition to your usual activities, please make a point of taking a walk 3 times a day- once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening. Start by walking in your home, and then progress to walking outside, or in a mall, store, or other public place. Walking is good for your circulation as well as your lungs and heart. Use your judgment as to how far to walk, and increase your distances gradually.
  2. Lifting: Please avoid lifting more than 8 pounds until you are seen for follow-up in our clinic, or instructed otherwise by us. Eight pounds is roughly the weight of a plastic gallon of milk.
  3. Bending, and twisting: Until you are seen for post-operative follow up in our clinic, please avoid any activities that require significant or repetitive bending, lifting or twisting.
  4. Sitting: Please avoid prolonged sitting. For example, if you are sitting to watch television, consider getting up every 20 to 30 minutes to stretch your legs. And on the way home from the hospital, consider making a rest stop to stretch your legs, particularly if you live more than an hour or so from the hospital.
  5. Driving: We do not advise driving until all pain medication has been stopped and a vehicle can be safely controlled. A neck brace or collar can also impair your ability to turn your head to look around you, so if you feel you are unsafe to drive with the brace or collar on, have someone else drive for you. You need to use your best judgment in this regard.
WOUND CARE

Your dressing should be changed once daily. The dressing can be a gauze pad applied to the wound and held in place with tape. A family member or friend may need to help. You will be provided with some gauze and tape at the time of discharge. When you run out, these can be obtained at a drugstore.

The incision site has a glue covering it which will allow you to shower after surgery. Prior to showering, remove the dressing. It is okay for the incision to get wet during showering. After showering, blot the incision dry and place a new dry dressing over the incision site. Do not submerge the wound under water (no hot tubs, no baths)

A few small spots of blood on the dressing are normal after surgery. In the unlikely event there is more significant bleeding, apply direct manual pressure to the wound. Please call us or seek medical attention for any bleeding that is enough to soak a dressing.

Your wound may have been closed with skin staples, or closed with an absorbable suture under the skin. The ends of the absorbable suture may protrude from the skin at the ends of the incision. Please do not remove these suture ends. Your wound may also have small tape-like bandages called Steri Strips, do not remove these. However, if the Steri Strips loosen and fall off, do not be alarmed.

We will remove the staples or the ends of the absorbable sutures when we see you for follow-up in our clinic.

 

COLLARS AND BRACES

Depending upon your individual circumstances, you may be prescribed a collar or a brace for your neck. If you are prescribed the collar or brace for neck, ask us which of the instructions below you should follow

Soft Collars:
If you are prescribed a soft collar, wear this only as needed for neck comfort. You do not need to wear it at night unless you find it helpful to do so, and you do not need to wear it in the shower.

Hard collars:
For comfort use only: If you are prescribed a hard collar we may instruct you to use this for comfort use only. If that is the case, wear the collar when you find it helps with neck pain or discomfort, but you can take it off when you feel you do not need it. You do not need to wear the collar at night, or in the shower, unless you find it helpful to do so.

For additional stability:
You may be prescribed a hard collar, to provide additional stability to your neck. You should then wear the collar at all times, except for hygiene. To clean or shave your neck and face, remove front half of the collar but leave the back on. To clean the back of your neck, leave the front half of the collar on while you take the back half off. You should wear the collar in the shower as well. If you have a pink hard cervical brace, it is water repellent and can be worn in the shower. After your shower, remove half the brace at a time and blot it dry. If you have a gray cervical brace with foam inserts or pads, you will be provided with 2 sets of inserts or pads. Wear your brace in the shower, then remove the wet inserts or pads and replace them with the dry inserts or pads. Allow the wet inserts or pads to dry before re-using. Unless otherwise advised, wear your brace at night while sleeping.

 

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Some incision discomfort or pain may be expected after surgery. In order to minimize your discomfort, you will be given a prescription for a pain medicine and/or another medicine to be taken for painful muscle spasms.

Use your pain medication as directed. Pain medication dosing should be decreased as the pains improve.

Use the muscle spasm medication as directed. It can help prevent sudden painful tightening of the muscles. It tends to work best if taken for several consecutive doses. The medications can be discontinued when the spasms no longer occur.

The pain of a surgical incision, like all injuries, can benefit from ice application. Ice should be applied to the affected area 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Remember you can freeze your skin just like you can burn it so place a barrier such as a light t-shirt or a pillowcase between the ice and your skin.

Contact us during regular business hours for refill requests. Some prescriptions can be electronically transmitted to the pharmacy. Other prescriptions need to be hand written and either need to be mailed to you or picked up in our office during regular business hours. It may take up to 48 hours for prescription refills to be completed; this does not include mailing time.

 

FOLLOW-UP CARE

We will generally make an appointment to see you in our clinic 10- to 14 days after your surgery. If you leave the hospital without a follow up appointment please call our office to make an appointment.

Call with questions, concerns or changes in your condition. We would much rather know how you are doing, and try to answer your questions or concerns, rather than have you be uncertain or worried about how you are doing.

If you experience emergency or urgent conditions while you are at home, call 911. Otherwise, please contact us at 715-843-1000. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After hours, the contact number above will automatically connect to our paging service. Generally one of our physicians and/or physician assistants is on call for our practice. On rare occasions another physician may be providing coverage for our patients.

We hope this information is helpful, and thank you once again for allowing us to provide your surgical care.


Neck Surgery Post Operative Care

We are pleased that you have chosen us to provide your neurosurgery care. Taking care of yourself after surgery is a key part of your recovery. This information will assist you with your post-operative care.

 

ACTIVITY
  1. Walking: In addition to your usual activities, please make a point of taking a walk 3 times a day; once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening. Start by walking in your home, and then progress to walking outside, or in a mall, store, or other public place. Walking is good for your circulation as well as your lungs and heart. Use your judgment as to how far to walk, and increase your distances gradually.
  2. Lifting: Please avoid lifting more than 8 pounds until you are seen for follow-up in our clinic, or instructed otherwise by us. Eight pounds is roughly the weight of a plastic gallon of milk.
  3. Bending, and twisting: Until you are seen for post-operative follow up in our clinic, please avoid any activities that require significant or repetitive bending, lifting or twisting.
  4. Sitting: Please avoid prolonged sitting. For example, if you are sitting to watch television, consider getting up every 20 to 30 minutes to stretch your legs. And on the way home from the hospital, consider making a rest stop to stretch your legs, particularly if you live more than an hour or so from the hospital.
  5. Driving: We do not advise driving until all pain medication has been stopped and a vehicle can be safely controlled. A neck brace or collar can also impair your ability to turn your head to look around you, so if you feel you are unsafe to drive with the brace or collar on, have someone else drive for you. You need to use your best judgment in this regard.
WOUND CARE

Your dressing should be changed once daily. The dressing can be a gauze pad applied to the wound and held in place with tape. A family member or friend may need to help. You will be provided with some gauze and tape at the time of discharge. When you run out, these can be obtained at a drugstore.

The incision site has a glue covering it which will allow you to shower after surgery. Prior to showering, remove the dressing. It is okay for the incision to get wet during showering. After showering, blot the incision dry and place a new dry dressing over the incision site. Do not submerge the wound under water (no hot tubs, no baths)

A few small spots of blood on the dressing are normal after surgery. In the unlikely event there is more significant bleeding, apply direct manual pressure to the wound. Please call us or seek medical attention for any bleeding that is enough to soak a dressing.

Your wound may have been closed with skin staples, or closed with an absorbable suture under the skin. The ends of the absorbable suture may protrude from the skin at the ends of the incision. Please do not remove these suture ends. Your wound may also have small tape-like bandages called Steri Strips, do not remove these. However, if the Steri Strips loosen and fall off, do not be alarmed.

We will remove the staples or the ends of the absorbable sutures when we see you for follow-up in our clinic.

 

BACK BRACE

Soft corset type brace:

If you have been provided with a cloth-type corset with Velcro fasteners, please bring this with you to the hospital for use after surgery. We will want you to wear this whenever you are up and about after surgery. You can get up at night to go the bathroom without putting it on, but otherwise should wear it whenever you are up and about. You can put on and take off the corset while you are sitting on the side of your bed. You do not need to wear it at night in bed. If you have a soft lumbar corset, you do not need to wear this in the shower.

Hard plastic brace:

If you have been provided with a hard plastic brace, we may instruct you to put this on and take it off only while you are laying down, and to wear at all times when you're up. We may ask you to shower with the hard plastic back brace on. After your shower, you can lay down while the back brace dries, and then put it on again. Showering at night before bed may be best, as the back brace can be left off to dry overnight while you are laying flat.

 

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Some incision discomfort or pain may be expected after surgery. In order to minimize your discomfort, you will be given a prescription for a pain medicine and/or a medicine to be taken for painful muscle spasms.

Use your pain medication as directed. Pain medication dosing should be decreased as the pains improve.

Use the muscle spasm medication as directed. It can help prevent sudden tightening of the muscles. It tends to work best if taken for several consecutive doses. The medications can be discontinued when the spasms no longer occur.

The pain of a surgical incision, like all injuries, can benefit from ice application. Ice should be applied to the affected area 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Remember you can freeze your skin just like you can burn it so place a barrier like a light t-shirt or a pillowcase between the ice and your skin.

Contact us during regular business hours for refill requests. Some prescriptions can be electronically transmitted to the pharmacy. Other prescriptions need to be hand written and either need to be mailed to you or picked up in our office during regular business hours. It may take up to 48 hours for prescription refills to be completed; this does not include mailing time.

 

FOLLOW-UP CARE

We will generally make an appointment to see you in our clinic 10- to 14 days after your surgery. If you leave the hospital without a follow up appointment please call our office to make an appointment.

Call with questions, concerns or changes in your condition. We would much rather know how you are doing, and try to answer your questions or concerns, rather than have you be uncertain or worried about how you are doing.

If you experience emergency or urgent conditions while you are at home, call 911. Otherwise, please contact us at 715-843-1000. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After hours, the contact number above will automatically connect to our paging service. Generally one of our physicians and/or physician assistants is on call for our practice. On rare occasions another physician may be providing coverage for our patients.

We hope this information is helpful, and thank you once again for allowing us to provide your surgical care.


Spine Surgery Post-Operative Care

While you have drains in place, do not take a shower, or submerge the wound or soak it in water. For hygiene, take a sponge bath as needed and avoid getting the wound and drains wet. Remember, this will only be for a few days until we see you back in the clinic and remove the drains.

 

Change your dressing daily with a gauze and tape dressing. Make sure the dressing is not stuck to the drains and avoid pulling on the drain tubes while removing the dressing. Apply a new dressing and make sure the drain entry sites are covered by the dressing.

 

You only need to empty the drains if they are full. After you have emptied the drain, compress the bulb, and place the stopper back in the drain.

 

If the drain comes out partially, you can leave it in place and apply a dressing over it. If the drain comes out completely, simply place the drain in a plastic bag, and save it for us to look at when you attend the clinic.

 

If you have questions or concerns, call 715-843-1000.

What is it?

A sterile, liquid skin adhesive that holds wound edges together. The film will usually remain in place for 5 to 10 days, then naturally fall off your skin.

 

Check Wound Appearance

Some swelling, redness, and pain are common with all wounds and normally will go away as the wound heals. If swelling, redness, or pain increases or if the wound feels warm to the touch, contact Spine and Brain Group. If the wound edges reopen or separate, contact Spine and Brain Group.

 

Replace Bandages
  • If your wound is bandaged, keep the bandage dry.
  • Replace dressing daily until the adhesive film has fallen off or if the bandage should become wet.
  • When changing the dressing, do not place tape directly over the film, because removing the tape later may also remove the film.
Avoid topical medications

Do not apply liquid or ointment medication or any other product to your would while the film Is in place. These may loosen the film before your wound is healed.

 

Keep Wound Dry and Protected
  • Apply a clean, dry bandage over the wound if necessary to protect it.
  • You may occasionally and briefly wet your wound in the shower or bath. Do not soak or scrub your wound, do not swim, and avoid periods of heavy perspiration until the adhesive has naturally fallen off. After showering or bathing, gently blot your wound dry with a soft towel. If a protective dressing is being used, apply a fresh, dry bandage, keeping the tape off the film.
  • Protect your owund from injury until the skin has had sufficient time to heal.
  • Do not scratch, rub, or pick at the adhesive film. This may loosen the film before your wound is healed.
  • Protect the wound from prolonged exposure to sunlight or taming lamps while the film is in place.