Immediately after the surgery, you will be transferred to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit where you will be monitored closely for approximately 1-2 hours. Pain medications and breathing treatments will be administered as needed. It is normal to feel a little nauseous after waking up from surgery. This is an effect of the anesthesia. Simply inform your nurse and he/she will treat your nausea with medications ordered by your anesthesia provider.
Once you arrive home, you may begin with light soup. If you are not nauseated, you may slowly advance your diet to thicker and heavier foods as you can tolerate. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and keep yourself warm and well hydrated.
Begin taking your medications on your first day. Your surgeon will typically prescribe an antibiotic, pain medications, and an anti-nausea medication. Take these medications as directed and do your best to not miss a dose.
For any emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.
You and your family (or the responsible adult accompanying you) will be provided with detailed written instructions on how to care for yourself once you get home. These instructions will be reviewed with you prior to your discharge from the surgery center. Your surgeon will also provide you with his or her direct cell phone number for you call for any questions, as well as the number to the facility.
You will receive an appointment card with your first post-op appointment (typically 1-2 days after surgery) prior to your discharge. It is important that you attend your post-op appointment because the surgeon will examine your incisions and ensure that you are recovering well. During this appointment your surgeon will also instruct you on how and when to shower, how to care for your incisions, and when you can resume to normal activities.
Lastly, you can expect to receive a phone call from the surgery center within 24 hours after your surgery to see how are you are doing. Please ensure that the contact information you provide us is current and up to date.