Sutter Roseville Medical Center
Following your surgery, you will be moved to a recovery area until you are ready to go home. Once you are out of acute recovery, you may have a visitor stay with you as soon as appropriate. On average, patients leave the surgery center about one to two hours after completion of their surgery.
You’ll receive specific instructions to take with you covering your post-operative care. Be sure you and your care provider understand the instructions before you go home.
Do not be alarmed if you feel some discomfort in the area of your surgery. However, contact your physician if you feel you are having problems resulting from surgery.
Be sure to arrange for a designated driver to escort you on the day of your surgery. You may not go home alone in a taxi or on public transportation.
What Happens When You Go Home?
Every patient is unique and every surgery is different, so you can expect to receive individualized care. Your nurse will prepare you to continue your care in the comfort of your own home. Instructions for home care will be provided. Be sure to follow those instructions when you are at home and consult with your physician if you have questions. If pain medication is prescribed, please take it on time as directed.
General Guidelines to Follow After Surgery
- A responsible adult MUST drive you home. We recommend someone stay with you for the first 24 hours.
- Rest and relax until your doctor says you can return to your normal routine.
- Do not drink alcohol or drive while taking pain medication.
- Follow your physician’s instructions regarding medication, dressings, rest and diet.
- Get as much rest as possible to allow your body the time to heal. Taking good care of yourself in the first few days after surgery can speed your recovery and prevent complications.
- If you notice excessive bleeding, or have any other reason to think you need urgent help, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.