Following Surgery

Here is what you can expect immediately following your surgery:

·         When you wake up following surgery, you will be in our recovery room. Members of our health care team will be nearby, monitoring your condition. 

·         We will carefully review your discharge instructions with you. When you have met our discharge criteria, your nurse will give you verbal and written instructions for recovery at home as well as any prescriptions left by your surgeon. Your nurse will discuss your post-operative diet, activity level, required rest and prescribed medications.

·         A nurse will call you the day after your surgery to see how you are doing and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

·         You may be sleepy and or dizzy after your surgery, and you may have a difficult time recalling your discharge instructions. This is caused by anesthetics or sedation provided to you. You will be provided written discharge instructions and you must have an adult with you to receive the discharge instructions and to drive you home.

 

Here is some important information about your post-operative recovery at home:

Be sure to follow your Discharge Instructions. Your discharge summary sheet has specific instructions and a contact telephone number. You can call this number at anytime to reach your surgeon or another surgeon who is providing call coverage for your surgeon.

In addition to your discharge instructions:

·         Even though you may feel fine following your surgery, you should have someone stay with you for 24 hours following your surgery. During this time, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery. Also, your judgment may be a bit clouded so important decision-making should be avoided.

·         Rest is important while you recover from surgery.

·         Call your surgeon if you have any unusual symptoms or unexpected changes in your condition. If you cannot reach a physician, you should go to the nearest Emergency Department for care.

·         Do not take any medications other than those prescribed by your physician.

·         Avoid all alcoholic beverages after receiving anesthesia or while taking oral pain medications.

Day of Surgery