Wound Care: Your wound will be covered with tape, which should be left in place for five to seven days. The tape will be removed at your first postoperative visit. You can wash and shower with the tape in place and even get it wet.
Activities: You should generally restrict vigorous activities for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Activities which involve turning the head suddenly, such as driving, lifting over 10kg from the ground up and gym workouts. Commonsense is the best way to avoid straining your neck.
Local symptoms: A variety of local symptoms are common for several weeks after surgery including tightness or having to force down food. Headaches and tiredness are also common as is weakness of the voice with prolonged use. Occasionally a symptom may last for months. Swelling of the neck around the wound is also common and may benefit from daily massage with Bio Oil or Vitamin E cream. Numbness of the skin above the wound may be present and may last for many months.
Late Complications: The only delayed complication of concern is wound infection. This may have occurred if the wound becomes very red, hot and more swollen. If that occurs you must seek attention from your doctor straight away who will arrange for you to have antibiotics.