Mediastinoscopy

Care After

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

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • It will be normal to be sore for several days following surgery. See your surgeon if this seems to be getting worse rather than better.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Use showers for bathing, until seen or as instructed.

  • Change dressings if necessary or as directed.

  • You may resume normal diet and activities as directed or allowed.

  • Avoid lifting or driving until you are instructed otherwise.

  • Make an appointment to see your surgeon for stitches or staple removal when instructed.

  • You may use ice on your incision for 15 to 20 minutes 3 to 4 times per day for the first two days.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • There is increased bleeding from the wound.

  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the wound.

  • There is pus coming from wound.

  • There is an unexplained oral temperature over 102° F (38.9° C).

  • There is a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You develop any reaction or side effects to medications given.

  • You develop chest pain or shortness of breath.