After Surgery

After Surgery

In the Recovery Area
After surgery, you will be moved to a recovery area while the anesthesia wears off. You may remain there an hour or longer.
  • If you had general anesthesia, your hearing may return before you can speak or open your eyes. Noises may seem louder at first. You may feel drowsy.
  • You may notice some tubing attached to your body. The tubing may be needed to:
    • Provide fluids and medications
    • Provide oxygen
    • Remove stomach gases
    • Drain fluid from the incision site
    • Remove urine
  • You may have some side effects from anesthesia. In some patients:
    • Local or regional anesthesia may produce numbness, tingling, nausea, backache, or headache
    • General anesthesia may produce nausea, thirst, shivering, gas, memory lapses, a sore throat, or a sore jaw (from an oxygen tube).
  • Report any discomfort to the nurse. It is probably normal. But, the earlier it is reported, the easier it is to relieve!
  • Your vital signs will be checked frequently.
  • You will be asked to do exercises. These may be uncomfortable at first, but, they will help prevent complications and speed your recovery. For example:
    • Deep breathing
    • Coughing
    • Turning in bed
    • Moving your arms and legs
  • You will receive instructions about how to care for yourself while you heal.
  • You will be released from the recovery area when your anesthesia specialist says you are ready.
  • What about visitors?
    • Friends and relatives are usually asked to stay in the waiting area. They will be kept informed about your progress. However:
      • A friend or relative may be allowed to be with a patient in the recovery area in special cases
      • Parents may be allowed to be with young children recovering from anesthesia

About Self-Care
Exact instructions may vary – but here are some general tips:
  • Ask about medications to relieve any discomfort in the days following your surgery. Ask about the kind of discomfort you can expect.
  • Find out about hygiene – how to care for your incision, whether you may bathe or shower, etc.
  • Ask when you can resume usual activities and what activities to avoid for now (such as heavy lifting).
  • Get up and walk as soon as possible. It helps your body get back to normal and reduces gas. You may be asked to continue your coughing and deep breathing exercises for several days.
  • Have someone drive you home when it is time to leave the facility.
  • Eat lightly at first. Start with liquids such as broth, then easy-to-digest solid foods such as toast, plain rice, gelatin, etc.
  • Take precautions for at least 24 hours after surgery. For example:
    • Have someone stay with you.
    • Don’t drive or operate machinery or make important decisions – your coordination and judgment may not be at their best.
    • Don’t smoke or take any medications, supplements or other remedies without asking your healthcare provider.
    • Don’t drink alcohol; it can interact with anesthetics still in your body.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any questions. Before you go home, ask about problems to watch for. These include signs of infection, such as unexpected bleeding, swelling, drainage from an incision, and increased pain.
  • Keep all follow-up appointments. You r healthcare provider needs to see that you are healing as you should. Stitches may also need to be removed.

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