Understanding your anesthetic care can seem daunting at first. Visurraga Enterprises LLC. and our anesthesia providers work closely together with your physician and surgeon to make your surgical experience as positive as possible.
**Please note that this information is for educational purposes only. Specific medical care should always be determined with a medical professional.
What happens after my surgery?
Your anesthesia provider will transfer your care to a nurse in recovery when you have met the requirements to do so. Surgical patients going home (outpatient) will work with your recovery nurse and physician to determine any pain medication or prescriptions that you may need to go home with. Please discuss your pain management with your surgical team.
After My Surgery When will I be able to go home?
There are two different types of surgery- outpatient surgery and inpatient surgery. With outpatient surgery, you are able to go home the same day as your surgery and can recover at home. However, not all procedures can be done as an outpatient surgery. The healthcare facilities we serve offer outpatient, ambulatory surgery. The only time you would be required to remain inpatient would be in the rare scenario a complication occurred requiring transfer to a hospital for further observation.
When can I eat?
For most procedures, you are allowed to eat and drink shortly after the procedure is finished and when you feel well enough to do so. After undergoing general anesthesia, you will want to begin by just drinking small amounts of clear liquids and avoiding any sweet, spicy, or hard to digest foods. After a day, you should be able to return to your normal diet. After undergoing regional or local anesthesia, you should be able to resume your normal diet the same day as the procedure.
Will I need to have someone drive me home?
Yes, you will need to have someone drive you home. It is best to avoid driving for 24-48 hours after a procedure where you have received any kind of anesthesia. Although you may feel totally fine and like you are yourself, your judgment and thought processes will be slowed by the anesthesia. You may be required to avoid driving for a longer period of time if you are given additional medications that may impair your driving abilities.
What are the other side effects?
Not everyone will feel sick after a surgery or operation, although it is a common problem. About 1 in 3 people (33%) will experience a feeling of sickness after surgery. Whether you will feel sick or not depends on what kind of operation you are having, what anesthesia you receive, and how susceptible you are to feeling sick after a surgery. Typically, women, children, and those who often have travel sickness are more likely to feel sick. You may also have a sore throat if you used general anesthesia (from the breathing tube) and may just feel sore in general. This is normal and should go away in a few days.
Does someone need to stay with me at home?
This depends almost entirely on the type of procedure and how self-sufficient the patient is after the procedure. For most surgeries and procedures, someone should be with you for 24 hours to help take care of you. Sometimes, it is necessary to have help for greater than 24 hours, depending on how independent the patient is feeling.
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