Baylor Surgical Hospital at Las Colinas | After Surgery
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FAQ: After Surgery

  • What will happen if I am not well enough to go home?

    Admission to the hospital after surgery happens occasionally. In certain circumstances, your physician or anesthesiologist may determine that you need to be admitted to the hospital for additional post-operative care.
  • What if I am not feeling well once I get home?

    If you are in serious pain, or exhibit warning symptoms described in your discharge instructions, please call your physician, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

  • What can I eat when I get home?

    Your surgeon may have specific recommendations for your post operative diet. We generally suggest that you eat lightly after surgery, and strongly encourage you to drink plenty of fluids. You should avoid alcoholic beverages.

  • What can I do to help prevent a post operative infection?

    In addition to following the recommendations below, follow your post operative instructions carefully and notify your physician if you have any signs or symptoms which concern you.

    1. Take a shower the night before and the morning of surgery. Follow these simple steps:
      1. Wash your hair first with any shampoo.
      2. Wash all of your body using a liquid antibacterial soap and a clean washcloth for each shower.
      3. Rinse well to remove all soap.
      4. Dry your body with a clean towel.
      5. Do not use lotion, cream or powder.
      6. Do not shave or clip the area where the surgery will be done unless your physician directs you to do so.
    2. On the day of your procedure make sure you, your family and any other caregivers wash hands frequently while at the facility and at home following your surgery. Also, do not hesitate to ask members of your health care team at the facility if they have washed their hands!
    3. After your procedure make sure you, your family and any other caregivers wash their hands frequently.  Also, be sure you follow all instructions provided by your health care team regarding the care and cleaning of your surgical site as well as the administration of post-operative medications and bandages.
  • How will my pain be managed?

    painscale_facesThe management of your pain is of great importance to us. We will be assessing your level of pain from the time of admission until you receive our post operative call at home. During your stay at the facility, you will be repeatedly asked to rate your pain using a numerical scale (1-10), or for children, the “Faces Pain Scale”

    We will often use a combination of different modalities to help make you comfortable – choosing from oral medications, intravenous medications, nerve blocks, injection of local anesthetic during the surgery, etc. Prior to the surgery, the management of your pain should be discussed with both your anesthesiologist and surgeon. Please feel free to bring up any concerns or fears you may have. Remember that information on pain management gives you the appropriate expectations and hence a smoother, more comfortable recovery. It is important to follow instructions regarding your post operative pain medication closely.  Many pain medications take 20 to 30 minutes to begin to work.  For best results, the pain medication should be taken before the pain becomes too strong.

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  • Can my family be with me after surgery?

    Yes. After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area. A nurse will monitor your vital signs and make sure you are comfortable as the anesthesia begins to wear off. Once you are awake and alert, your family will be invited back to the recovery area. Special arrangements are made for children having surgery.

  • May I drive home?

    No. Patients will not be allowed to drive after a procedure and must make necessary transportation arrangements.  If you plan to walk or take public transportation from our facility after a procedure, please make sure you are accompanied by a responsible adult.

  • Should I continue my usual medications after surgery?

    Most patients should continue their usual medications after surgery. Patients who have diabetes and those patients on blood thinners may require some adjustment of their medications. These instructions will be clarified with you before you leave the facility. If you have any questions, please call your surgeon or primary care physician.

  • How long will I stay after my surgery?

    The amount of recovery time varies from patient to patient. After your procedure, a nurse will monitor your vital signs and make sure you are alert and stable. You will be sent home as soon as your health care team feels it is safe to discharge you from the facility.





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