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Following surgery, you will go to:

  • The recovery room
  • The post-op area in Same Day Surgery
  • Discharge

You will be given a list of home-care instructions. Be sure you understand them and that all your questions are answered. You may want to ask specifically about some or all of the following:

  • Medications
  • Stitches, staples, and incision care
  • Bathing and/or showering
  • Pain control
  • Proper eating
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Driving
  • Resuming sexual relations
  • Follow-up appointment with your doctor

It is often helpful for a friend or family member to listen to home care instructions with you. Then they can help you remember them and are better equipped to help you during recovery.

At home, be alert for any unusual symptoms. Contact your physician if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Fever over 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Increased redness, swelling and pain at incision site
  • Discharge from an incision that smells bad
  • An Incision that increasingly bleeds or opens (If this happens, lightly press a clean cloth to the incision to control bleeding.)
  • Side effects from your medication such as nausea, vomiting, redness, a rash or itching
If your pain is intolerable after you’ve taken pain medications, call your surgeon.

Follow-up Care

Follow-up care, which is usually arranged with your surgeon’s office, is necessary for monitoring your recovery. Questions to ask about follow-up care include:

  • When and where is my first follow-up visit?
  • Who should I call to make the appointment?
  • When will my stitches, staples, drainage tube and/or cast be removed?