Your health care team will provide discharge instructions and go over everything you need to know when you leave the hospital. The Taking Care at Home After Surgery Resource will help you and your support person know what to do in an emergency, keep track of medications, and take care of the incision area.
Things to ask before you leave:
- Signs or symptoms you might expect
- What is normal
- What is cause for concern
- What you should do if you are concerned
- Any other questions, worries and needs you may have
If you need additional services such as rehabilitation or home nursing care, this will be arranged before you go home. You may be given a prescription that your support person can fill at a pharmacy.
Your family doctor will also receive reports from the surgeon so they can provide appropriate ongoing care.
Important: be aware of anaesthetic effects
Anaesthetic drugs may stay in the body for up to 24 hours and you will be impaired during this period.
- Go to work or do business
- Make significant decisions of any kind
- Drive a car or work with machinery
- Travel alone by public transportation
- Do any strenuous activities
- Drink alcohol
- Take tranquilizers, sedatives, or sleeping pills
- Care for another person such as babies, small children, elderly person who needs help
Frequently Asked Questions
Understand more about your surgery by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions section.