That’s great news, MrNikolay! So glad your date is almost here. I think your surgery is w/ Dr. Cognetti (if I remember correctly). I believe he prescribes Percocet post op. Jules is right - every doctor has his/her pain meds of choice. Some people feel better i.e. have less side effects on one type than another. Those that are typically prescribed are Vicodin, Norco, Tramadol, or Percocet. My doctor prescribed Percocet because it tends to cause less nausea issues. If you know you have bad side effects w/ a particular drug, let the doctor know ahead of time so he can prescribe something else for you. If you have trouble w/ nausea from anesthesia, let the doctor know as well so he can prescribe post op anti-nausea meds. Jules mentioned constipation from prescription pain meds. This can be a real problem. Begin taking a laxative & stool softener soon after you get home from surgery & keep it up daily as long as you’re taking a prescription pain medication. This will help prevent other problems as you’re healing from your surgery.
I don’t believe Dr. Cognetti prescribes oral steroids (prednisone), but you can ask for them (no guarantees he’ll comply though). Taking prednisone post op really helped me w/ the swelling in my throat (yes, I had a problem w/ that even w/ external surgery).
My doctor also recommended never lying flat post op but keeping my head at a 30º elevation while sleeping or reclining. This also helped reduce swelling in my throat & neck. Ice worked great for me & many others though a few people prefer heat. Ice will help w/ swelling & pain. I used gel ice packs that you can easily buy at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens or Target. I’d get at least 2 so one can be chilling while you use the other - 15 min on w/ a thin towel or pillow case between your neck & the ice pack - & at least 45 min. off. Do this cycle as often as you want during the day & night.
You don’t need ice for smoothies if you start with ingredients that are cold (i.e. cold water, milk, yogurt, ice cream, etc.) as the base. Add fruit, veggies, protein powder, etc. to make it more nutritious. If you want your smoothies colder, you can add ice as well.
Expect to be pretty down & out for the first week - days 3-6 are when your post op swelling will be the worst so keep to your pain meds schedule especially over that period. By week 2 you’ll start to feel a bit better. BE CAREFUL not to overdo once you do start feeling good. It’s easy to set your healing back by pushing yourself too much too soon after surgery.
You’ll do great! Please do let us know how things go for you after you have surgery. We’re here to answer questions & give you reassurance regarding any pain or post op symptoms you may have.
I’ll put your surgery date on my calendar so I can pray for you that day especially.