After Surgery

1. Resting After Surgery

You will rest in our recovery room area as you are being monitored by our nursing staff.

2. Guest Visit

Your family member or driver will be brought to the recovery room to be with you once you are awake and alert. The recovery room nurse will review with you and your family member/driver the post-operative instructions from your doctor and you will be given a written copy of the instructions. If applicable, you will be given a prescription from your doctor in the recovery room.

3. Discharged

You will be discharged once you have met our discharge criteria.

4. You Need a Driver

You may not drive yourself home after surgery if you received anesthesia. An adult 18 years or older must drive you home and stay with you for the remainder of the day and night.

5. Do Not Make Important Decisions

It is normal to feel sleepy for several hours after receiving anesthesia. You should not make important decisions on the day of surgery or while taking any pain medication.

6. Follow Post-Operative Instructions

Follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, dressing/wound care, possible post-operative therapy, follow-up appointment and medications.

7. Follow Up Call

You will receive a phone call the next day from a nurse at our surgery center for follow up (within a business day if your surgery is on a Friday).

8. Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:

Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Fever over 101 degrees
  • Excessive pain or swelling
  • Excessive drainage or bleeding
  • Continued nausea or vomiting
  • An unexpected reaction to a medication
9. Call 911

If you think you are having a medical emergency, please call 911 instead.