Immediately following surgery, you will be taken to our fully equipped recovery room where your blood pressure and pulse will be closely monitored by specially trained nurses. The amount of time you spend in recovery depends to a great degree on the type of surgery and/or anesthesia you had. Some patients spend as little as one-half hour in the recovery room, others spend three hours or more. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will answer questions regarding the length of stay in recovery.
We suggest that you eat lightly for the first 24 hours after your procedure. Be sure to follow any specific post-operative instructions your doctor gives you regarding diet, rest, activities and medication. The Surgery Center will provide you with a written summary of these instructions. In addition, a member of our staff will call you the day after surgery to see how you are doing.
Dizziness and nausea are normal after receiving anesthetic, therefore you should wait 24 hours after returning home before:
- Driving or operating equipment
- Signing papers
- Making significant decisions
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Taking any medication not prescribed or acknowledged by your surgeon
If you have any questions or concerns once you are home, call your doctor. For immediate care, go to any emergency room or urgent care facility.