Please take the following information into consideration to make your recovery as easy as possible.
After your operation, you may be taken directly back to your room or you may be transported to the recovery room where other patients may be recovering as well. You may hear noises from the oxygen and suction machines. This is normal. Most patients receive oxygen through a very small tube placed in the nose. The tubing is not uncomfortable and the oxygen helps you to breathe easier. If you were asleep, it helps you to wake up faster.
Your blood pressure will be monitored frequently by your nurse. This is standard procedure for all surgical patients. Your physician or a nurse will stop in the waiting room to tell your family of your progress after surgery and to let them know when you are ready to go back to your room.
Some people may feel emotionally unsettled for a few days after their surgery. These emotions may include feelings of depression, anxiety or sadness. These are normal feelings. However, if these feelings persist, you should discuss them with your physician.
Speeding your recovery
Depending upon the type of surgery you've undergone, you may be asked to get out of bed shortly after you return to your room. This helps to maintain proper circulation and to promote clear lungs.
It is very important that a nurse is with you the first time you try to get out of bed. Moving may be hard at first, but it helps speed your recovery. Some movements that you can do include:
Deep Breathing - Inhale as deeply as possible and hold for five to ten counts. Exhale normally. Repeat 5 times. Deep breathing helps loosen and brings up lung secretions and clears your head from the anesthesia The first day after your surgery, it is important to do deep breathing several times every hour when awake.
Leg, Feet and Arm Movements - Your nurse will explain what kinds of movements you may do with your legs, feet and arms. These movements help to relieve some of the soreness and circulates your blood supply while you are lying down the first day after surgery.
After your physician gives you permission to leave, you may go home. Your nurse will give you written directions specific to your type of surgery for you to follow at home. If you have any questions, you should contact your physician. If you are unable to reach a physician and you feel that you need immediate medical consultation, please call Lourdes Hospital's Emergency Department at 607-798-5231.
For more information about Outpatient Surgery, please call 607-798-5321.