Quick Fact Guide
1Consultation time required
New patient 30 minutes.
2Approx. total cost
Provided at consultation.
3Usual length of operation
4 Do I need to stay overnight?
No, it is a day surgery only. No overnight stay is needed.
5Type of anesthesia (usually)
General (you are asleep), although it can be done under spinal or epidural regional anesthesia
6Are there permanent scars?
Yes, along the upper inner thigh, and if needed along the groin crease, and at times past the knee (depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed).
Go home to rest under supervision, drink well, take pain meds as directed, start a light diet as you feel able to.
8After Day 7
Return to usual activities as much as tolerated, but expect to feel tired and need rest. No heavy lifting for 4 weeks
9When is my first post-op visit?
Day 2 to 4 after discharge
10Is there pain?
Expect moderate pain – will need painkillers for a few days.
11Is there swelling?
Yes, and this can be all the way down the lower leg, ankle and foot. Most of it resolves after 3-4 weeks, but it will often take 3-6 months to fully disappear.
12Is there bruising?
Yes, around the thigh and lower leg to include the ankle and foot as some of the bruising and swelling will track down from gravity.
13Are there stitches to be removed?
No, they are dissolving. Sometime the knot or end of the suture that are deeper and dissolving can present itself (works its way to the skin surface) and even though it would dissolve on its own over time, it is trimmed at the 2 week post op visit.
14Are there dressings?
Yes, tensor wraps daily for 2 weeks (may use gauze underneath for comfort
15Are there drains?
16Can I shower?
Not until after your first post operative visit, but you can sponge bath or use a hand held shower to avoid getting the dressings wet for the first few days.
17When can I see people without surgery being obvious:
The next day when you get dressed and feel fairly comfortable, but you will feel tired, need rest and won’t be moving at the same speed.
18When can I drive?
Must be able to see clearly, be off strong painkillers and able to move your legs normally and comfortably, usually around 7-14 days. It is always best to try a short drive around the block and if you feel you are moving well, reacting normally and can look around normally, then you should be OK to drive.
19When can I go back to work?
Office work: 14 days Heavy lifting jobs in 4-6 weeks
20When can I exercise?
Begin introducing exercise lightly 3-4 weeks after surgery.
21When can I resume heavy lifting?
4-6 weeks after surgery.
22What are things to watch for after surgery or things that I should phone the office about?
A sudden painful swelling can be the result of post operative bleeding, pain not controlled by the above mentioned medications, vomiting and inability to take fluids which can lead to dehydration, excessive oozing from the dressings, fever over 38 degrees, progressive swelling or redness spreading away from the incision, or calf pain/tenderness. If you have any difficulty breathing you need to go to the ER or call 911.