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Surgery and Post-Operative Care

During Surgery

When you are brought into the operating room, you will be connected to equipment that will monitor your heart rate and blood pressure. Depending upon your surgery, other equipment may be necessary. If you have questions, feel free to ask at any time. The amount of time you spend in surgery depends upon the complexity of the procedure being performed.

After Surgery

After surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit or Recovery room where the nurses will monitor your condition as you recover from the anesthesia. Once you meet specific recovery criteria, you will be ready for discharge.

If Staying in Hospital

If you are staying in the hospital, you will be assigned to a patient room. Nurses will continue to monitor your recovery and administer pain medication prescribed by your physician.

If Having Outpatient Surgery

If you are having outpatient surgery, you will be moved from the recovery room to the postoperative area until you are ready to be released. You will be given instructions regarding follow-up care, discomfort, bleeding, diet, and any medications you will need. When you and your healthcare team feel you are ready, you will be discharged.

It is extremely important that you make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery. This person should also listen to the discharge instructions before you are released. This ensures that all information has been received and any questions have been answered. It is mandatory that a responsible adult stay with you at home the night following surgery.

The Day After Surgery

A nurse will call you the day after surgery to ask how you are feeling and address any questions or concerns you may have. If you experiencing any of the following: unusual bleeding, fever, nausea or vomiting, or pain that is not controlled, make sure you contact your surgeon or come to the Emergency Room.

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