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After Surgery

What do you need to do when you go home from the hospital?

  • Before leaving the hospital, make sure you understand the instructions that your doctor or nurse gave you about taking care of your wound or any new medications you may need to take. You can always call for clarification, but it's best to make sure at the time.
  • Take your medications as directed by your surgeon.
  • Always clean your hands before and after caring for your wound.
  • In the event you have a concern/problem after discharge, do not hesitate to contact your surgeon. If it is after hours, the surgeon's office phone will have instructions on how to reach the on-call surgeon. If you feel you need urgent medical attention, go to the closest emergency room.
  • If you have any symptoms of infection, call your surgeon immediately. Signs of infection are:
    • Redness or pain at the surgery site
    • Drainage at the surgery site
    • Fever
  • The next business day following your surgery, one of our nurses will call you at home to see how you are doing.