Pain and swelling:
There is usually some discomfort and pain immediately after surgery which recedes during the first few days.
Swelling can be minimised by sleeping on 3 pillows to keep the head elevated during the first week. While you are in hospital the nursing staff will have orders for pain relief to make you comfortable. On discharge you will be provided with pain medication or with a medication script. Apart from such prescribed medication you may take Panadol, Panadeine or Panamax in accordance with the dosage instructions. Aspirin based analgesic should NOT be taken.
If your operative areas become more painful instead of less after the first few days please phone Dr Griffin's office.
It is very common with bruising after eyelid surgery and sometimes this might be quite extensive. Extensive bruising can last for 10- 14 days.
You will not have any dressings over your eyes. You will have strips of paper tape over the incisions which will support these and help the sutures to keep the wound closure intact.
If you are in hospital during the first night, moist gauze covered by cold packs changed every 2 hours will be used to minimize swelling.
If you are discharged you will be instructed to apply the same regime for at least the first night and sometimes the following day depending on swelling and discomfort.
There might still be some watering and secretions from your eyes for days thereafter. This can be alleviated with gentle eyewashes using moist compresses and saline supplied from your pharmacy. In addition to this you may have been given a tube of antibiotic ointment to apply to your eyes a few times during the day and at night for the first 2 days after the surgery. This ointment can be applied after an eyewash. It can also relieve irritation and a gritty feeling. In particular, it is helpful for these reasons during the night.
When the eyes become more comfortable, usually after the first few days both eye washes and use of the cream can be tapered off.
You should be able to shower soon after surgery but it is recommended to protect the operative areas for the first few days.
Most sutures will be removed on your first postoperative visit around 5-7 days after surgery.
It is not uncommon to have blood stained oozing for a few days after eyelid surgery. However, should there be more extensive bleeding from the operative area you should:
- Elevate area by sitting up.
- Apply firm pressure over the area for approximately 10-20 mins.
- Repeat if bleeding continues.
- If there is any more significant ongoing bleeding you should contact Dr Griffin's office on 8276 6288.
It is recommended to take at least 2 weeks off work and if you have physically demanding or heavy work it is sometimes recommended to take 3 weeks off. Walking exercises can be started within a few days of surgery. More strenuous activities including physical exercise and sport should wait for at least 6 weeks after surgery. Try avoiding any heavy lifting or bending down to pick objects up off the floor in the first postoperative week.
You should avoid driving for at least 1-2 weeks after your surgery. If this poses a problem please discuss it with Dr Griffin at your postoperative appointment. Often your vision and eye movements can be temporarily affected by the irritation and swelling caused by the surgery. You must not drive until your vision and eye movements have normalized.
Post op appointment:
You will be advised of your postoperative appointment when you receive the paperwork for your surgery. This appointment will usually be 5-7 days after surgery.
If you have any concerns or questions after your surgery please contact our rooms to discuss these with the nursing staff. If it is after hours or on the weekend, again call the rooms number and advice on how to contact Dr Griffin will be given to you.