What to Expect After Surgery

After your surgery or procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area for a period of time. There is no set length of time designated for your recovery but instead varies depending on the type of procedure, type of anesthesia, and individual needs. We will continue to monitor you and manage any pain you may have.

Once you have sufficiently recovered from the anesthesia, you will be discharged to your hospital room or home. Advances in medications and anesthesia techniques have dramatically improved patient recovery following surgery. However, anesthesia medications may continue to have some effects after discharge.

For this reason, it is recommended that the following instructions are followed.

  • 1) Have a responsible adult remain with you at home for the first day/night.
  • 2) Do not drive, make any important decisions, or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours.
  • 3) Refrain from the consumption of alcohol.
  • 4) Drink fluids in small, frequent amounts and eat lightly to minimize nausea
  • 5) Minimize discomfort by taking pain medications exactly as directed by your surgeon.

One of our nurses will follow up with you the day after the procedure. This will either be a phone call at home or a visit to your hospital room. During this conversation, please let us know of any questions or concerns you may have. We appreciate your feedback in helping to improve our patient experience.