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After Your Surgery

If you received anesthesia you will go to our fully equipped Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), commonly referred to as the Recovery Room, specially trained recovery room nurses will monitor and care for you while you wake up. Your physician will discharge you when assured you are in stable condition. However, you could still feel sleepy, slightly dizzy, or nauseated. These are possible and normal side effects that can last for up to 12 hours.

Once stable, in the recovery room, a family member or friend may be with you during the recovery and discharge process. We encourage you to drink clear fluids during the recovery phase. Solid food is generally discouraged until after discharge to home, to minimize nausea and vomiting. Pain medication will be given as needed. Specific Discharge instructions will be reviewed with you and the responsible adult bringing you home. You will be discharged home when you are reasonably comfortable, awake and alert, pain is manageable and you have minimal nausea. Your time spent in the recovery varies depending on age, physical health, type of procedure, anesthesia used and post-operative events.

For 24 hours following surgery requiring anesthesia, do not drive, do not operate equipment, do not make any important decisions, do not sign any important papers, do not drink alcohol, and do not take any medications not prescribed or acknowledged by your doctor.

Once home, please call your doctor if you experience any of the following:

Always feel free to call Hillside Surgery Center at 524-7514 or your doctor with questions or problems at any time after your surgery. Your doctor’s telephone number is included on your Discharge Instructions. At night and on weekends, the doctor’s answering service will have a doctor return your call. Should an emergency arise, and you are unable to contact your doctor, you may call your nearest emergency room department or 911.

One to three days after surgery you will receive a follow up phone call by a nurse from the surgical center to see how you are doing. Please be honest in your response so we can assure you get the best possible post-discharge care.

Surveys are given to patients with discharge paperwork or can obtain on-line under the Quality Care line of this website. We value and appreciate your feedback in order to help us make Hillside Surgery Center a better patient care facility.