You will be using a feeding tube after you go home. You will likely use it only at nighttime. The feeding tube will not interfere with your normal daytime activities. Once the incisions are healed, you will start having clear liquids, and then your diet will slowly progress. Follow your health care provider's instructions on diet and eating.
Follow instructions for doing deep-breathing exercises after you get home.
If you are a smoker and are having trouble quitting, talk with your doctor about medicines that you can help you quit smoking. Joining a local stop-smoking program can help, too.
You may have some skin soreness around your feeding tube. Follow instructions on how to take care of the tube and the surrounding skin.
Change your dressings (bandages) every day until your surgeon says you no longer need to keep your incisions bandaged. Wash the wound area with mild soap and water and pat dry.
You may remove the wound dressings and take a shower if sutures (stitches), staples, or glue were used to close your skin. Do not try to wash off the thin strips of tape or glue. They will come off on their own in about a week.
Do not soak in a bathtub, hot tub, or swimming pool until your doctor tells you it is okay.