After surgery, you will be monitored in the recovery room. Before you are discharged, your questions will be answered and you will be provided written instructions as ordered by your physician. A nurse will either call you or send a letter to check on your progress in 1 to 2 days.
If you are having general anesthesia or sedation, please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home. After receiving any sedation a responsible adult must then remain with you for four hours; and after a general anesthetic a responsible adult must remain with you until the next morning.
Avoid alcoholic beverages, unprescribed medications, operating hazardous equipment or appliances, driving and making important decisions after your surgery. Cabs do not qualify as a responsible adult to drive you home.
After anesthesia, plan to rest and recover for a few days until you feel back to normal. Patients sometimes experience minor after effects following anesthesia such as drowsiness, muscle aches, sore throat, hoarse voice, dizziness, headaches or nausea. These side effects decline rapidly in the hours following surgery.
It is very important to follow the discharge instructions written by your physician and explained to you by your nurse. If you have questions once you leave the surgical center, you must call your physician for answers. If you have a serious complication, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room at the hospital of your choice immediately.
You will receive a post-operative telephone call from a staff member a couple of days following the procedure so that we can insure ensure you are on the road to recovery, and to make an appointment if needed.
Parents or guardians of children should watch the child continuously, and contact the child’s surgeon immediately if any unusual problems or symptoms develop.