After Surgery

What to Expect

Depending on the type of surgery you will be having, you will be scheduled at either the Surgi-Center of Winchester (as an outpatient) or Winchester Medical Center (if you require admission after surgery).

Surgi-Center:

  • You will be taken to the recovery room after your surgery, where you will be monitored. Family will be allowed to visit when the nurse has finished transitioning you from surgery.
  • The nurse will review specific instructions given by your surgeon with you and the responsible adult who is to accompany you home, then escort you to the car.
  • The anesthesia will make you groggy and cause impaired judgment, therefore, do not drive, operate hazardous machinery, make any important decisions, or sign legal papers for 24 hours.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours.
  • Take pain medicine as directed. If none was prescribed, take a non-aspirin pain reliever (Tylenol or ibuprofen) as needed unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
  • Eat light foods for the first few hours after surgery, then increase your diet as tolerated.
  • Drink as much fluid as you can tolerate, up to 8 glasses/day.
  • A small amount of blood on your dressing may be expected. If it becomes soaked, place additional dressings over the one already there and call your doctor.
  • Call your physician if you experience a fever over 101°F, increased swelling, redness, or drainage.
  • You will return to our office for your post-operative appointment generally 7-14 days after surgery; this appointment will be scheduled by our staff prior to surgery.
  • Please contact our office at any time regarding questions or concerns:.

Winchester Medical Center:

  • You will be taken to the recovery room after your surgery, where you will be monitored for 1-2 hours. You will then be transferred to a room on the patient care unit to receive ongoing care and monitoring by the nursing staff for several days.
  • Upon discharge from the hospital, you will be provided with specific instructions given by your surgeon. At that time you will be provided with a post-operative appointment here at Winchester Orthopaedic Associates.
  • If you are planning to go home after discharge, arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after discharge from the hospital and have someone stay with you for 24 hours.
  • If you are planning to go to a skilled nursing facility to receive post-operative care, you will be trasferred directly to this facility upon discharge.
  • Call your physician if you experience a fever over 101°F, increased swelling, redness, or drainage.
  • Please contact our office at any time regarding questions or concerns: .

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