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Post-Operative Instructions

Your Post-Operative Instructions are very important, please follow them carefully. If you have questions regarding your post-operative care, please contact your surgeon.

  1. What to expect after surgery: You will spend some time in the recovery area and your nurse will provide lots of personal attention:
  2. What do do for the first 24 hours. Let your responsible adult caregiver take care of you. You may feel fine, but this is not the time to pull weeds or organize your taxes. Sit, relax, and allow yourself to be pampered for a day.
    • the Nursing staff will care for you until you are ready to leave
    • a family member or friend is welcome to sit with you once you are awake from the anesthesia
    • your responsible adult caregiver will be given verbal instructions regarding your post-operative care
    • your post-operative instructions will also be provided in written form for your reference later
  3. What to do for the first 24 hours:You may feel fine, but this is not the time to pull weeds or organize your taxes. Sit, relax and allow yourself to be pampered for a day:
    • let your responsible adult caregiver take care of you
    • follow any special instruction your surgeon or nurse gave you
    • call your surgeon if you have unusual symptoms or changes in your condition that you did not expect.
  4. What NOT to do for the first 24 hours: Anesthesia can linger in your system for a day or more. You may feel fine, yet not have complete command of your abilities. It is very important that you:
    • Do not drive or operate heavy equipment
    • Do not take any medication without your surgeon's approval
    • Do not drink any alcoholic beverages
    • Do not sign any legal documents