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Physicians Surgical Center of Lebanon

After Your Surgery

AFTER SURGERY

• You will rest in our recovery room, under the care of specially trained nurses. Your anesthesiologist will monitor and be apprised of your condition while in the recovery room until you are discharged.

• Our staff will answer your questions and give you post-operative instructions as ordered by your physician. You will receive a written copy of these instructions prior to discharge.

• You may be dizzy or sleepy after your surgery, even after spending time in the recovery room. You must have a responsible adult with you to drive you home. You will not be discharged from the recovery room until you have a responsible person to drive you home.

RETURNING HOME

• Even though you may feel fine, plan to have someone stay with you through the night. Do not make important decisions, consume alcoholic beverages, or operate machinery during the 24 hour period following your surgery. Take only medications prescribed by your physicians.

• Remember the recovery process continues even after you have returned home. You may experience minor after-effects such as drowsiness, muscle aches, sore throat, and occasional dizziness or headaches. Nausea may also be present, but vomiting is less common. You will begin to feel better within hours, but it may take several days before after-effects are gone completely.

• Plan to take it easy for a few days, as the majority of patients do not feel up to their typical activities right away, usually due to general tiredness or surgical discomfort.

• Call your surgeon if you have questions about what you can and cannot do, when you can return to work and your regular activities. These items will be discussed with you when receiving your post- operative instructions, but if you are unsure, please do not hesitate to call.