After Your Surgery
Following surgery, your anesthesiologist (or nurse anesthetist) and Operating Room Nurse will take you to the recovery room. A professional recovery room nurse will provide constant care for 1-2 hours. As your anesthesia wears off noises may sound louder than usual and your vision may be blurred. You may experience a dry mouth, chills and pain or burning at your surgical site. Do not hesitate to ask your nurse for medication. The nurse, in coordination with anesthesia staff, will determine your discharge time from the recovery room. When you are discharged, a responsible adult must drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours.
When you are ready for discharge, a nurse will review home care instructions with you and your caregiver. Since you may not remember your instructions, it is a good idea to read them again the next day.
When you are discharged, a responsible adult must drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours. Patients MAY NOT drive themselves home. It is not uncommon to feel slightly sleepy or dizzy after anesthesia and medication. Therefore, we cannot safely allow you to drive so someone MUST drive you home.
You will receive discharge instructions before leaving. It is important for you and anyone assisting with your care to understand these instructions. Your nurse will explain and demonstrate special instructions to aid in your home recovery and instruct when to call your surgeon for a follow-up visit.
Expect a phone call from our staff the day after surgery. Make sure to keep your follow-up physician appointment(s) and follow diet instructions from your surgeon and/or nurse.
Please call your surgeon with additional concerns and questions.