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Do not lift objects over _____ pounds for _____ days.
Do not drive until your doctor tells you that you can. Be sure you are
no longer taking prescription pain medicine when you start driving.
Talk to your doctor or nurse about other activity limits, such as
returning to work or walking up stairs.
Call your doctor right away if you have:
Pain in your abdomen or shoulder area that does not go away or gets
Increased redness, bruising or swelling
A fever over 101 degrees F
Chills, a cough, or you feel weak and achy
Skin that is itchy, swollen skin or has a rash
Trouble having a bowel movement or have diarrhea often
Call 911 right away if:
Your incisions come apart or you start bleeding.
You have trouble breathing all of a sudden.
You have chest pain.
Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
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