While some surgeries are outpatient, others require hospital stays from 1-14 days, depending on the procedure. Refer to your specific procedure for more information on what to expect.
Disscussing Your Expectations
Before surgery, we will meet with you to discuss your expectations and conduct a thorough physical examination. During this appointment we will:
- Discuss your medical history: We need to understand the medications you are taking, medical conditions you currently have or have had in the past, and any information that can help us in your care.
- Conduct a physical examination: We will perform a thorough medical examination, which may include blood and lab tests.
- Discuss the procedure and post-operative care.
Giving You Instructions
Before surgery, we will give you certain instructions, which may include, but not be limited to:
- Avoiding certain medications. For up to two weeks before and after surgery, we will recommend you avoid medications that contain aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) because these medications may increase bleeding. Your surgeon will provide more detail and direction regarding medications before and after surgery.
- For outpatient surgeries, you will need to arrange for help on the day of your surgery. You will go home within a few hours after your surgery, but you will need to arrange transportation from the surgical center to your home and ask a friend or family member to stay with you for a few days following surgery to provide assistance. It is not uncommon for patients to experience memory lapses, impaired judgment and slowed reaction time within the first 24 hours following surgery and sedation. A friend or family member can help you during this transition period and increase your comfort as you recover.
- Stop smoking. Smoking is a bad idea at all times. However, smoking can slow healing following surgery, and we want you to recover quickly.