After Your Surgery
The length of your hospitalization depends on your procedure, your physician and your post-surgical care needs. Most patients for same-day surgery stay approximately one to two hours after surgery is completed, but some patients require overnight admission. Your surgeon will speak with you about this ahead of time. It is recommended that you have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery.
You may want to prepare your home ahead of time by stocking your refrigerator with ready-to-eat foods and beverages and making sure you have all things you need in the home.
Keep your surgeon’s phone number handy. If you have an emergency, immediately dial 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room and notify your surgeon.
When you are discharged
When you receive general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, you must have a responsible adult 18 years or older drive you home. Your surgery may be calcelled if you are unable to comply with this. Some types of local surgery not requiring general anesthesia or sedation, such as on the hands, feet, or eyes, may also necessitate a driver. Your ride should be available to pick you up when we call. You will receive instructions from your surgeon as to when you can resume this activity.
Post-Surgical Pain Management
Your team will work with the surgeon and anesthesiologist to keep you as comfortable as possible. We will provide you with Written post-operative instructions, including information about pain management and medications.
Filling Your Prescriptions
We recommend that you choose a pharmacy with evening hours and one that is close to home.
Written post-operative instructions regarding post-surgical pain management, medications, diet, rest and activity will be reviewed by you and a member of your healthcare team. When you get home, please review your post-operative instructions immediately and call us if oyu have any questions.
The team at Heackensack University Medical Center is committed to following the proper steps to protect patients from surgical site infections (SSIs).
Our healthcare team and you work together to prevent SSIs during surgery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed some information to help you prevent surgical site infections.