After Surgery

You will return to the Day Surgery Unit to be prepared to return home.

  • Your blood pressure and pain level will be monitored. You will be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0-10.
  • Medication and other comfort measures will be provided to relieve your pain.
  • If you are an Extended Recovery patient or are admitted, nursing staff in your patient room will provide your care.
  • It is important to take deep breaths and cough to help rid your body of medication you received during surgery. A towel or small blanket placed over your incision will help comfort you if you move or cough.
  • Your nurse will review home care instructions with you and another responsible person when you are ready for discharge. You will receive a copy of these home care instructions.

After You Go Home

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  • Do not operate any heavy machinery or equipment or make important business or personal decisions for 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours after your surgery. DO NOT mix alcohol and pain medication.
  • Take your pain medications according to the directions.
  • Do not drive while taking pain medications.
  • Follow instructions provided to you after surgery.
  • If you have any problems at home, do not hesitate to call your surgeon.