After surgery, the physician will talk to the family and/or friends and the patient will be taken to the recovery area. Family/Friends will be updated on the patient’s condition, but may not be taken to recovery area right away. The patient will be monitored by nurses that are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Recovery and discharge times will vary depending on the type of surgery preformed and/or anesthesia administered.
When You Get Home
Written and verbal discharge instructions will be provided. Please follow these instructions regarding diet, rest, activities, and medications for a speedy recovery. It is common to feel dizzy, drowsy, and or nauseous following anesthesia. These are normal side effects and may last 12–24 hours after surgery. Please DO NOT drive, operate machinery or make important decisions, smoke, or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours after your procedure. If you experience unexpected serve pain, heavy bleeding, or temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, contact your surgeon or go to the emergency room. The next working day following surgery, a recovery nurse will contact you to check on your progress.
Contact your surgeon’s office to make a follow-up appointment following your procedure.