Before you are discharged from hospital please ensure you:
- Understand about continuing medication, dressings and follow up appointment prior to leaving.
- Remember to take x-rays or medication.
- Stop by reception before you leave to ensure your account has been finalized.
- Have arranged someone to drive you from the hospital and to care for you for at least 24 hours after a day surgery procedure.
- If you live alone and are having either a general anesthetic or IV sedation, you must arrange to stay with someone or have someone stay with you the night of your surgery.
- DO NOT drive a car, drink alcohol, make important decisions or sign any legal documents for at least 24 hours after any day surgery.
Important points to remember after Day Surgery:
- It is important to rest as much as possible over the next 48 hours to improve your recovery.
- Eat a light diet after your procedure to avoid post-operative nausea and vomiting.
- Ensure you keep well hydrated after your procedure.
- Take your pain relief strictly and only as directed by your doctor.
- Please contact your Surgeon, General Practitioner or local Emergency Department if you develop intense or sudden or uncontrollable pain, shortness of breath, high fevers or experience excessive bleeding from your surgical site.
After you get home
Depending on the type of surgery you have had, some patients can expect to experience some of the following; pain, nausea, sore throat, muscle pain, disturbed ability to concentrate. If you experience any other problems which are of concern to you, please contact the Nurses Station immediately. Should your symptoms persist beyond 24 hours please contact your doctor or your local Emergency department.