After Your Procedure
The most common after-surgery questions are “when can I go home?” and “when can I go back to work/sports?” Every surgery is different. In general, you can expect to be discharged within an hour or two after your procedure, and you can return to work when your surgeon believes you are ready. If you are having a pain procedure, most people can return to work the following day.
The First 24 Hours
After surgery, you will spend some time in recovery while we monitor your vitals and allow the anesthesia to wear off, but most surgery patients are discharged within 1-2 hours. You will not be permitted to drive, so be sure to bring a friend or family member to your appointment so they can drive you home. For the next 24 hours, you will need to rest. You may need some help getting around the house, too.
The First Week
It is common to experience immediate pain relief due to the effect of anesthesia after surgery or a pain procedure. This will wear off and your pain will return until the swelling and inflammation from surgery decreases, which can take a few days. The incision or injection site may remain tender for a few days as well. Try using some ice for 15 minutes to reduce swelling and pain as needed.
Within a week after surgery, you will follow up with your surgeon to find out how the procedure went. You and the surgeon will discuss the details of your recovery, including physical therapy and rehabilitation, pain management, and returning to work or sports.
No two surgeries are alike, so if you have concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to provide the best patient care possible. Dial (315) 836-2200 to reach the NCOG Ambulatory Surgery Center of Watertown, New York.