After surgery you will be monitored during your immediate recovery. Your caregiver will be informed of your progress and will be rejoined with you as soon as you are medically stable. The length of time you will remain at the facility after your procedure is dependent on the kind of procedure and type of anesthesia you had and when you have met discharge criteria. Our goal for you after surgery is to return home to familiar, comfortable surroundings as soon as possible.
Prior to discharge, a nurse will review with you and your caregiver the instructions written by your physician which you are to follow at home. You will be given a copy of your discharge instructions to take home with you.
Once you are home
- Have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
- It is natural to experience some discomfort in the area of the operation. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness depending on the type of anesthesia you received or on the amount of pain medication you are taking at home.
- Follow your physician's specific instructions regarding diet, activity, and medication.
- Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or power tools, cook, drink alcoholic beverages, make legal decisions, or take any medications not prescribed by your physician for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
- Contact your physician if you feel you are having problems after discharge, including the following:
- Fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- Redness, swelling, drainage at surgical site
- Severe pain that is not relieved with your pain medication
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Difficulty urinating
- If you cannot contact your doctor but feel your concerns warrant a doctor's attention, call or go to the emergency room closest to you.
The day after surgery, a member of the SurgiCenter staff will call to see how you are doing. If your surgery is on a Friday, you will be contacted on Monday.