After Surgery & Recovery

After surgery, your recovery will take place in the comfortable atmosphere of the center’s recovery room. Most patients feel a bit groggy, light-headed, dizzy, sore and slightly nauseated. How you feel depends on the complexity of your procedure, how long you were in the operating room, your pain threshold and what type of anesthesia you were given. Your anesthesiologist will closely monitor your condition, assisted by trained nurses. Each person responds differently to surgery and the effect of anesthesia so it is important to communicate with your nurse and let her know if you are experiencing pain or have special concerns.

Recovery At Home

Recovery from surgery takes time, so plan on getting some rest. It’s best if you can make arrangements to have an adult family member or companion help out. In addition to the instructions given to you when you were discharged, it is especially important that you follow these guidelines for at least 24 hours after your surgery:

  • Call your surgeon if you have any unusual symptoms or unexpected changes in your condition.
  • Do not take any medications other than those prescribed by your physician.
  • Avoid all alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not drive a car and do not operate machinery or heavy equipment.
  • We recommend that you avoid signing any legal documents.

A nurse will call you the day after your surgery to see how you are doing and talk about any questions or concerns you may have. We welcome your feedback, so please fill out our patient satisfaction survey and return it to us at your earliest convenience.

Light nourishment may be available at this time. As soon as you feel up to it, one adult visitor will be invited to join you in the recovery area. When your anesthesiologist determines that you are ready to go home, a nurse will give you written instructions for recovery at home as well as any prescriptions left by your surgeon. Once you are dressed and ready to leave, your nurse will let you know if you can walk yourself, or if you will be escorted in a wheelchair.

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