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10 days after
Beginning to transition from “post-operative” period to the “rehabilitation” period.
- The post-op visit will be coming up over the next week.
- Your child should eat & drink before coming to the visit.
- We will remove bandages at the visit and check the incision. We will let you know if it is healed enough for your child to shower.
- Decrease pain medicine as able:
- Oxycodone is usually the first medicine that can be stopped.
- If not using oxycodone, cut back/stop using the diazepam as able.
- Continue rolling shoulders, stretching neck, and stretching arms throughout the day. This helps with muscle stiffness.
- Are your child’s days and nights mixed up? Try to get on a schedule:
- Set an alarm to get up in the morning.
- Spend most of the day in living room, not bedroom.
- Limit nap to less than 2 hours. No naps after 3pm.
- If planning for home tutor, make arrangements to start. If your child is only using prescription pain medicine 1-2 times per day, he/she may be ready to start doing a little homework.
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Our nurse triage team is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to assist with appointments and referrals.
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