Checklist | Before Surgery | After Surgery | Diabetic Patients

After Your Surgery

When surgery is completed you will be taken to the recovery room. The length of time you will need to rest before leaving will depend on the nature of your surgery and your recovery from anesthesia.

We permit a family member or friend to join you in our recovery room when possible. In order to prevent overcrowding we must limit visitors to one person at peak times. Therefore we ask that you not bring children or others who cannot remain unattended in the waiting room.

We want to be particularly responsive to the needs of children and want you to understand that they will be cared for by our recovery room nurses until they have awakened. At that time, parents will be encouraged to come into the recovery room to be with the child.

Before You Leave

Please be certain you understand your physician's instructions. You will receive instruction from our nurses regarding medication, diet, and rest requirements. The day of surgery and perhaps at the time of discharge, you may feel sleepy, tired and dizzy. Our advice is to go home and rest for the remainder of the day. For your own safety, it is important that you do not drive, operate machinery, drink alcohol or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after leaving the surgery center.

At Home

You should plan to have a responsible adult stay with you the night after surgery. If you experience difficulties or complications once you return home, please contact your surgeon immediately. If you cannot reach your surgeon and your condition requires immediate attention, you must call 911 or be driven to the nearest emergency department. You may also call the staff at CHC Surgical Center any time between 7.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.