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After Surgery

After surgery you will be taken to the recovery room where your condition will be closely monitored by registered nurses.  When you can move about, you will be allowed to sit up and visit with a family member or friend.

You will remain in the recovery room until your physician or anesthesiologist feels you are ready to be discharged.  This is generally in about one to three hours.

Post Care
You will receive verbal and written post-surgical care instructions (please follow these instructions).  A prescription may also be given to you at the time of discharge.  Prescriptions should be filled on the way home and taken as directed. 

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.

At home, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders regarding diet, rest, medication and activity.  Unles directed otherwise, you should start your diet with clear liquids.  In four to six hours, you can begian to eat solid foods.  By the next day, you should be back to your normal diet.  It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, lightheaded or dizzy for several hours after your surgery.  Do not operate machinery, sign any important papers, or make important decisions for at least 24 hours after surgery.  Do not drink alcholic beverages or take medications not prescribed by your physician for 24 hours.

Staff from Surgicare of Hawaii will phone you within a few days after your surgery to check your recovery progress and answer any questions you may have.

Call your doctor immediately if you develop fever, excessive bleeding, unrelieved pain, redness or swelling around the surgery site, persistent nausea and vomiting or other unusual developments related to your surgery. 

In the event of an emergency, please go to the nearest emergency room.