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Going Home After Surgery

The nursing staff will let you know when it's time to go home. This will depend on your alertness, vital signs and comfort level. Upon discharge, the nurse will give you helpful, specific written and verbal instructions for your post-surgery care.

Because we care about your safety and comfort, we urge you to follow these instructions while recover­ing:

  • A relative or friend MUST accompany you when you are discharged.
  • Have someone stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Progress gradually from fluids to solid foods.
  • Take deep breaths to keep your lungs clear.
  • Move around according to your instructions.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Do not make important decisions or sign any important documents within 24 hours after surgery.