What to Expect After Your Surgery
Once your surgery is done, you will be taken to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). This is also called the “recovery room.” This is where you will wake up after surgery. Nurses will watch you closely for your safety. Here are things you should know while you are in the recovery room.
- We will tell your loved ones when your surgery is done and when they can visit you.
- Visitation in the recovery room is limited to two adult visitors. Children are not allowed in the recovery room.
- You will be discharged (able to go home) when it is safe to do so.
- You may have surgery and leave the same day. If so, please plan for someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours.
- Your surgeon may send you home with prescriptions. You can get these medicines at one of our Health Spectrum Pharmacy locations in Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg. Please bring your pharmacy card if you have one.
- If you must stay in the hospital overnight, you will be moved from the recovery room. You will be moved to a patient care unit where you can rest and recover.
- Before your discharge, your nurse will tell you how to care for yourself at home. These instructions will involve your diet, activity level, medicines and follow-up care. It is very important that you understand your discharge instructions. Please ask questions about anything you do not understand.
- When you return home, wash your hands often and tell your family and any visitors to do so as well. This will help keep your wounds clean and stop any possible infections.
- Only touch your bandage or wound when you must. Do not allow anyone else to touch it unless you need help.
- Do not let your pets lick or touch your bandage or wound.
- Eat a healthy diet. This will help your wound heal. If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.