The operation is a big deal but techniques have really improved in the last few years and it is now a very smooth ride with super-experienced surgeons. Here are some tips on managing the operation process to make it as stress-free as possible.
Most people in general that I’ve encountered don’t seem to be fully aware of this. With my studies into the medical profession, and being related to several RNs, it’s information that’s as second nature to me as assuming the air has oxygen. Because Tylenol can be very dangerous if used wrongly, I want to help others be aware of the risks so everything goes smoothly for them too.
It’s very likely that for post-op pain management, you’ll be told to take a pain reliever that contains Acetaminophen, aka Tylenol.
It is critically important that you pay close attention to how many milligrams you take within a 24 hour period. This amount CANNOT exceed 4000mg. Even one slight overdose can cause irrepairable liver damage.
For example, if you take OTC Extra Strength Tylenol, which has 500mg per pill, you cannot take more than 8 in a 24 hour period. 500mg + 8 = 4000mg.
You may wish to play it safe, and keep a small notepad by your medicine bottle, and write down the time and amount each time you take a pain reliever, so you can keep track of how many mg you’re consuming. Even a small amount just once can cause liver failure.
If you’re taking any other medications, like cold or allergy medications, read the ingredient list carefully. Almost all OTC medications contain Acetaminophen, and this also contributes toward the amount you can take per day. Writing down the amount taken and times, especially in the first few bleary post-op days, can be a simple life-saving precaution.