Days After Surgery

A nurse will be closely monitoring your vital signs after your procedure. As soon as you are able to move around, we will ask your family or friends to come see you.

Either your doctor or the anesthesiologist will come see you in the recovery area to determine when you are ready to go home.

  • Your physician will give you written directions for your recovery at home. Be sure to have your friend or loved ones read and listen to these directions and take any notes if necessary.
  • As you will be recovering from anesthesia, do not plan to sign any legal documents during the first 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Remember to avoid driving for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Plan to have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure. 

On rare occasions, your physician or anesthesiologist may decide you need additional post-operative care. In that case, you will be admitted to a nearby hospital. 

Your physician will discuss warning signs with you prior to discharge. If you exhibit any of these symptoms or serious pain, you should:

  • Contact your doctor immediately
  • Go to the nearest emergency room, or 
  • Call 911. 

You doctor will have specific guidelines for you to follow with regard to your immediate diet. Plan to drink lots of fluids (with the exception of alcohol), and initially maintain a very light post-operative diet.

Remember to follow our protocol for bathing and cleaning your surgical site (see instructions for showering under “Before Surgery”).

In most cases, you will be instructed to continue with your usual medications after surgery.

From the time you are admitted, to our post-operative call at home after you are discharged, we will be asking you to describe your pain level. 

Adults will be asked to rate their pain on a scale from 1-10. 

Children will be asked to rate their pain level using the “Faces of Pain Scale,” seen below:

Please follow directions for pain medication closely, and remember that most of them will take at least 20-30 minutes to begin working effectively. Therefore, consider taking the next dose before the pain becomes unbearable.