After Your Surgery

After Surgery

Knowing what to expect after your surgery will help you recover easily and quickly. Ask your surgeon what precautions to take in the first few days, as well as weeks and months, following the surgery. At Far North Surgery Center, we provide verbal and written post-surgical instructions to help you recover faster. Our aim is to make you as comfortable as possible to assist in your recovery.

What to Expect After Surgery

After your surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), or recovery room, where the anesthesiologist and nurses will monitor you closely. Your heart functions and breathing will be monitored, and you may be given pain medications and extra oxygen, if needed.

Your surgeon or nursing staff will update your family members about the surgery and recovery progress. The time you will spend in the recovery room depends on your surgery and your response to the anesthesia you received.

Once you have recovered from anesthesia and are medically stable, you may then be transferred to another room where your family or friends can meet with you. Before discharging you, our surgeon and nursing staff will evaluate you to make sure your vital signs are stable, pain is managed, and you can digest fluids easily.

Discharge Instructions

Your nurse will review the post-surgical and discharge instructions with you and your family, and will give you a copy of the instructions that you should follow at home. The discharge instructions may include:

  • Instructions about how to take care of yourself, your wound, and dressings at home
  • Instructions for taking medications, food, and diet
  • What signs and symptoms to look out for to inform your physician
  • When to call or visit for a follow up
  • Any additional instructions that you may require

Going Home after the Surgery

After the surgery, you should follow these instructions while going home or staying at home:

  • Don't drive yourself home after the surgery. Ask a friend or family member to help take you home safely.
  • A family member, friend, or relative must stay with you at home for at least 24 hours.
  • Limit your activity at home and don't drive for at least 24 hours.
  • Take your prescribed medicines and follow your doctor's instructions.
  • Do not take nonprescription medications or drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Call us if you need any emergency help.

Questions to Ask After Surgery

It's important to ask questions after your surgery to make your recovery experience easier and comfortable. Here are some common questions our patients ask after their surgery:

Is it normal to feel sick after surgery?

You will feel some discomfort and pain after the surgery. Nausea or vomiting may be caused due to anesthesia or medicines you have received. You may experience drowsiness and have other minor effects including sore throat, muscle aches, and headaches, or occasional dizziness.

What will help me recover faster after surgery?

Make sure that you understand your doctor's or nurse's post-surgical instructions and follow them at home. Keep yourself comfortable for a few days until you feel normal. Move around, and increase your activity at home. Increased mobility helps in preventing post-surgical complications and speeding the recovery time.

Why am I tired after surgery?

Surgical discomfort and side effects of anesthesia or medications may cause general tiredness. Plan to rest for a few days until you feel better. It may take a few days before these effects are gone completely.

How long does it take to recover from laparoscopic surgery?

The discomfort and pain will go away within a few days. You will be able to resume your normal daily activities within a week. You will have to go for a follow-up appointment with your doctor or surgical team two weeks after the laparoscopic surgery.

How long does it take to recover from a hernia operation?

The recovery time from a hernia operation depends on the hernia and the type of surgery (open or laparoscopic) performed. You may feel pain, discomfort, tiredness, nausea, or have a low fever for a few days, but you should feel better within 7 days. You may feel pulling or twinges in the hernia repair for several weeks. Depending on your situation, full recovery may take around 4-6 weeks.

What foods are good to eat after surgery to avoid constipation?

Eat high-fiber foods that include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, or oatmeal. Avoid processed foods, red meats, sweets, dried or dehydrated foods, cheese, and dairy products. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine.

How long does it take for propofol to get out of my system?

It takes around 2-24 hours for propofol to be eliminated from your system. A single dose used for IV sedation wears off within minutes.

Call us at 907-276-3676 for any help you need after your surgery.