What happens after the procedure?
The following day you will need to be driven to your review appointment with the nurses and the doctor. The compression garment that has been applied will be taken off and all wounds will be treated.
During the night, it’s wise to lie on an old towel, as the wounds will seep with raspberry cordial-like fluid.
If the consistency becomes that of tomato sauce, i.e. red and thick, the doctor should be immediately called. Our doctors are on call 24 hours a day and will phone you during the first night.
The nurses will give you a bed bath for the first day and showering can occur on the second day. Wounds are usually closed during this first day. You should be up and walking around the house as often as possible, but generally, no exercise and rest should occur for the first four to seven days.
Intercourse should be avoided for the first week. Swimming and sitting in spas should be avoided until the wounds are completely healed or after 2 weeks.
A distinct improvement will be seen during the first week, but swelling may set in for up to 6 weeks. The end result is seen, on average, at 3 months, but sometimes as early as 1 month. For some patients, the end result can take up to 12 months.
Recovery time is quick, and most patients can resume normal activity within 2-3 days after the procedure. We recommend light exercise at 1 week, moderate at 2 weeks, full at 3 weeks, and extreme exercise to be avoided for 6-12 weeks.