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After Surgery

Post-Operative Pain Management
  • Your care team will discuss postoperative pain management with you.
  • Adequate pain control aids in early movement and deep breathing which decreases your risk for pneumonia and blood clots. It also helps you recover more quickly.
  • While we may not be able to make you completely pain free, our goal is to make the pain as manageable as possible.
Discharge and Care After Surgery
  • If you are admitted to the hospital after surgery you will be taken to your room from the recovery unit (PACU). You will be placed on the hospital floor that is appropriate for the care you will need.
  • During your hospital stay, your need for pain management, physical or occupational therapy and home health will be determined by you and your care team.
  • Discharge instructions and education will be given to your family or a designee prior to going home. A designee must be 18 years of age or older. These instructions will include:
    • Activity restrictions
    • Take all prescribed medications as directed which includes taking antibiotics until they are gone.
    • Special diets or food restrictions
    • Special instructions related to your surgery, such as dressing changes, crutches, walkers, hot/cold packs and infection prevention
    • Pain expectations
    • Post-operative appointment with your surgeon
    • Personal hygeine instructions will include how to bathe or shower with surgical wounds or dressings.
  • Your nurse or discharging physician/ provider will let you know when to restart taking any medications you stopped taking prior to surgery.
  • Some minor side effects related to the anesthesia can include:
    • Being very tired
    • Muscle aches
    • Sore throat
    • Dizziness
    • Headaches
    • Nausea
  • Take it easy for a few days after surgery. It may take a while to start feeling back to normal.
  • For questions or concerns regarding your surgery please contact your surgeon’s office.
Surgery Patient Information
Day Before Surgery
Surgery Day
Anesthesia Care
Your Role in Infection Prevention