What To Do After Surgery

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What To Expect After Surgery

After surgery, you will spend some time in the recovery area at the surgery center, where the nursing staff will care for you until you're ready to leave. A family member or friend is welcome to sit with you, and your nurse will provide lots of personal attention.

What To Do The First 24 Hours

Let your responsible adult caregiver take care of you. You may feel fine, but this is not the time to pull weeds or organize your taxes. Sit, relax, and allow yourself to be pampered for a day.

  • Follow any special instructions your surgeon or nurse gave you.
  • Call your surgeon if you have unusual symptoms or changes in your condition that you did not expect.


What NOT To Do The First 24 Hours

Anesthesia can linger in your system for a day or more. You may feel fine, yet not have complete command of your abilities. It is very important that you:

  • DO NOT return to work or school
  • DO NOT drive or operate heavy equipment.
  • DO NOT take any medication without your surgeon's approval.
  • DO NOT drink any alcoholic beverages.
  • DO NOT sign any legal documents.


When To Call Your Physician

If you experience any of the following:
  • Fever of over 101 degrees
  • Excessive pain or swelling
  • Signs of Infection
  • Nausea or Vomiting

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


What To Do
After Surgery

Children's Surgery

Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and this person must remain on premises for the entire visit (unless emancipated minor).

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