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After Surgery

After y our surgery is complete, the surgeon will speak with your family members or responsible party about your condition.  In the meantime, you will be moved to our Post Anesthesia Recovery unit (often referred to as PACU or Post-Op) where you will remain under close supervision by the anesthesiologist and members of our highly trained healthcare team until you are medically ready to go home.  Although the length of time of stay in PACU varies according to the type of procedure and your surgeon's instructions, most patients move very quickly from Phase I to Phase II and are often discharged within an hour after their procedure.  This allows you to recover in the comfort of your own home and surroundings which research has shown to be beneficial to recovery. It is normal to experience sleepiness and dizziness for up to 24 hours after surgery.

Your surgeon will provide detailed post-operative instructions regarding your diet, rest and medications.  A member of our healthcare team will provide you or your family member a written summary of these instructions and will review them with you before you are discharged.

Pleas follow these general guidelines for your safety after your procedure:

  • Patients may experience minor after effects following anesthesia, such as drowsiness, muscle aches, a sore throat, headaches or dizziness.  Nausea may be present, but vomiting is less common.  These side effects decline rapidly in the hours following surgery, but can take longer to clear completely.
  • The majority of patients will not feel up to their typical activities the following day, usually due to a feeling of tiredness or surgical discomfort.  Plan to take it easy for a few days until you feel completely back to normal.

IMPORTANT: If you should experience ANY unexpected problems or have questions about your after-care or prescription medications (including those prescribed for pain post-operatively), PLEASE call your physician's office directly for assistance.  Unfortunately, the nursing staff at the center will not be able to answer these types of questions.  REMEMBER, your physician is the best person to provide medical advice.

A member from our healthcare team will attempt to contact you within 24-48 hours after your visit to check on your condition and your experience with us.  These teammates will not have specifics from your case such as test results or lab work and they will not be able to answer questions regarding medications or follow-up care.  Please understand that this type of information is available from your physician's office.

 

 

 

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