You will be discharged from the Center once you have met all discharge criteria. It is normal to be sleepy, dizzy, and/or nauseated for 12 to 24 hours after your surgery.
Basic Discharge Instructions
- Please use caution when getting up. Dangle your feet over the side of the bed and get up slowly to prevent any dizziness.
- You may need assistance to move up and down stairs.
- Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours after your surgery.
- You may advance your diet as tolerated. Start with liquids and slowly transition to solid foods.
- Do not drive for 24 hours after your surgery. A friend or relative must be with you to drive you home and stay with you for the rest of the day.
- To prevent any clots, make sure you are up and moving around during daytime every hour following your surgery.
- Your doctor may prescribe a pain medication following the surgery, please follow the instructions provided by your nurses. Even though you have a prescription, your pain will be at a tolerable level but will likely not be completely absent.
Instructions specific to your surgery will be given at the time of discharge. The surgery center will follow up with you on their next business day to see how you are doing. You are welcome to call the clinic during business hours, but if you have any concerns or questions about your condition, please call your surgeon. For any respiratory or urgent matters, please go to your local emergency department.