On leaving the centre, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult, who may either drive you home or accompany you home in a taxi, this person should stay with you for the first 24 hours. It is recommended that you do not get up unattended as you may require some assistance.
Anesthetics and sedatives may disturb your judgment and coordination for several hours.
Rest quietly at home for the balance of the day.
You may experience some muscular aches in your back and neck area and! or a sore throat or stuffy nose following a general anesthetic. These symptoms are not serious and will disappear in a short time.
Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs for 48 hours.
Do not sign or enter into any legal contract for 24 hours.
Take three big breaths every hour until bedtime and move your feet around.
You may resume your normal diet; however, eating a light diet for the rest of the operative day will reduce the chance of post operative nausea. (i.e. meat, cheese, eggs, soy)
Apply ice to the operative area for ten minutes every hour (while awake) for 24-48 hours to help decrease swelling. Do not put ice directly in your skin to prevent frostbite. A bag of frozen vegetables usually moulds nicely to the operative area.
Take your medication as prescribed. Pain medication is taken only as needed. You should not be operating a motor vehicle while taking narcotic pain medication.
A nurse from the facilty will call you the day after your surgery to answer any questions. If you have any problems or concerns please contact your surgeon.