Planning for your procedure
Review the checklists below to ensure you're prepared for your surgery. Please note that this is a general guide. Your physician’s instructions are specific to you; therefore, if your physician gives you instructions that conflict with the information here, please listen to your physician.
You will check out at noon the day you go home.
If you spend the night in the hospital, check out time is noon.
Going HomeWhen it's time to head home, be sure you fully understand the instructions given by your nurse or doctor. If you don't understand, please ask.
If you have an outpatient procedure, it is unlikely you will need to spend the night in the hospital. You will need to stay until you are able to drink fluids, go to the bathroom, your vital signs are stable and your pain is under control.
Your recovery time will depend upon the type of procedure you have undergone and the anesthesia used. The Same Day Surgery Nurse will provide you with instructions for your care at home. Below are some topics that may be discussed.
|Diet||Pain (what to expect and what to do)|
|Activities and exercise||Incision care and stitches|
|Driving||Signs of infection|
|Returning to work||Follow-up visit to physician|
|Bandages and dressings||Who to call with concerns or changes in your condition|