For your safety and well being, you must have an adult family member or friend drive you home after surgery. We cannot permit you to leave unescorted. The medical staff will discharge you when they are assured you are in stable condition. HOWEVER, you could still feel sleepy, slightly dizzy, or nauseated. These are possible (and normal) side effects of anesthesia and can last for 12-24 hours.
Your Recovery at Home
To hasten your recovery, we recommend that you rest comfortably as soon as you get home. Patients typically feel sleepy most of the day. You may begin your regular diet and resume normal activities when you and your physician determine you are ready. The day or so after your procedure, a nurse from the Center will call to find out 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 important documents
- Making significant decisions
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Taking any medication not prescribed or acknowledged by your surgeon
You will be wheeled from the operating room to the recovery room. There, nurses check your blood pressure, pulse and respiration rate. Medications for pain or nausea may be administered.
Since many patients feel slightly disoriented after surgery, your nurse will first assure you that the surgery is complete and that you are safely in the recovery room. She will then encourage you to wake up, move your arms and legs and offer refreshments such as water or fruit juice.
As soon as you are comfortable, your family member or friend may join you.
It is important to communicate with your nurse and let them know if you need pain medication or have special concerns. Once you feel alert and comfortable, you will be asked to get dressed.
Before being escorted to your car, we review your home-care instructions with you and your family and give you a copy for easy reference. You will also be given any prescriptions for any pain medication recommended by your physician. While you rest in the recovery room, we will be happy to direct your family member or friend to a pharmacy to fill your prescription, if you desire.
We welcome your suggestions
The center's goal is to deliver premium care in an environment most relaxing for the patient, and no one is better qualified to measure our success than a former patient. Please complete the confidential Patient Evaluation Form you receive and return it after 10 days. This allows us to be aware of any delayed complications.