Procedure : Procedure, Care After Essays

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Whipple Procedure, Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information about caring for yourself after your procedure. Your health care provider may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE
After your procedure, it is common to have:
• Abdominal pain.
• Nausea and difficulty digesting food.
• A small amount of blood or clear fluid draining from your incision.
• Decreased appetite.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Medicines
• Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
• Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking prescription pain medicine.
• If you were prescribed an antibiotic medicine, take it as told by your health care provider. Do not stop taking the antibiotic even if you start to feel better.
Incision and Drainage Tube Care
• Keep your incision area and drainage tube opening clean and dry.
• Check your incision area every day for signs of infection. Check for:
○ More redness, swelling, or pain.
○ Warmth.
○ Pus or a bad smell.
• Follow instructions from your health care provider about how to take care of your incision. Make sure you:
○ Wash your hands with soap and water before you change your bandage…

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