Recovery at Home

Recovery from surgery takes time. Plan on getting some rest. Your surgeon will have prepared you for the postoperative treatment course. We strongly encourage that you make arrangements to have an adult family member or companion assist you during the postoperative period. (We may require that an adult be with you at home.) Any special instructions necessary for the recovery period at home will be relayed to you by the nurse before you leave the Ambulatory Surgery Center. Generally, we will give these instructions to your companion as well and instructions will be provided to you in written form. The following are addition guidelines to the formal instructions for all patients:

  • Call your surgeon if you have any unusual symptoms or unexpected changes in your condition.
  • Do not take any other medications other than those prescribed by your physician.
  • Avoid all alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery or heavy equipment for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Avoid signing any legal documents for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
  • You may not bne alone at home for at least the first night after your surgery

A nurse will call the patient the day after his/her surgery to see how he/she is doing, talk about any concerns and generally try to get any feedback from him/her. We welcome any comments and hope that if you receive a survey, you will feel free to add any suggestions.