After Your Surgery

Once you are in stable condition, you will be discharged. It is normal to experience sleepiness and dizziness for 12 to 24 hours after surgery.

Post Care: You will receive verbal and written post-surgical care instructions (please follow these instructions). Your escort must be available to discuss and sign these instructions before you will be allowed to go home. If you experience anything unusual after your surgery, please call your surgeon or go to the nearest emergency room. A nurse from our center will call you the next day after your surgery to check on your recovery.

  • The time you will need to rest before leaving depends on the nature of your procedure as well as your own recovery.
  • You are not permitted to drive yourself home following discharge from the Center. You must have a responsible adult driver, 18 years or older and we request that you handle these arrangements in advance. (An exception can be made only if your doctor gives you specific, written allowance to drive home.)
  • Your companion may choose to stay in our waiting area throughout the period of your procedure, or a staff member can call them for you when you are prepared to leave.
  • We strongly recommend that you not make plans for the remainder of the day, because you should go home and rest.
  • Please follow your physician’s discharge orders. Note: Driving is prohibited for 24 hours after your procedure if anesthesia or sedation is used.
  • Driving may be prohibited for an extended period due to the nature of your procedure. This decision is up to your physician.

Transportation: DO NOT PLAN TO DRIVE yourself home or use public transportation after your procedure. A friend or relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours.