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Post Surgery

Recovery Area

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery area where your progress will be monitored. When you are awake and stable, you will be transferred to a nursing care until discharged. A volunteer in the waiting lounge will notify your family and friends of your room number or status so they may eventually join you.

Outpatient Discharge

When you have recovered sufficiently from anesthesia, you will be taken to the recovery area where you will relax in a recliner or on a stretcher and will be given something to drink and possibly something light to eat. Your progress will be monitored until discharge. You must have a responsible adult available to drive you home. If you have received any type of anesthesia, it is recommended that someone stay with you the remainder of the day and night, as you continue the recovery progress. Please follow all instructions given to you by the hospital staff and your physician.

Whenever we perform an operation, there is the possibility of complications. Although the chances of this happening are very low, it is important to be aware and to watch for early signs of complications.

Potential complications include, but are not limited to: poor wound healing, persistent pain, infection, fever, or drainage. Following some surgeries, you may have a hard or soft cast dressing. You should call us immediately if you have problems with your cast such as tightness, persistent pain, excessive drainage, severe swelling or numbness.

Do not remove dressings unless you are instructed to do so.

Please call (217) 545-8000 for non-emergency problems. For emergency situations and for calls after business hours, call 217-545-8000 and ask for a resident doctor or go directly to the emergency department at the nearest hospital.

Please call (217) 545-8000 for a 2 week post-operative appointment unless you have been given other instructions.