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After surgery

Your care team will work closely with you so you know what to expect after surgery. Please watch our video and if you have questions about your recovery, don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor and other care team members. 

Recovery in the hospital

The length of your recovery in the hospital depends upon the type of procedure you have as well as your overall condition and needs. Our team will closely monitor your progress so your recovery goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.  

For most complex surgeries, recovery in the hospital can last for several days or more. Patients who experience complications will stay in the hospital longer. 

Patients whose conditions must be monitored more closely will spend some recovery time in intensive care. Here, your care team will record your vital signs and monitor your healing. They will also talk to you about when you may get out of bed and the amount of activity you may take part in. In addition, your care team will coordinate any visits that are scheduled for you with the hospital’s physical, occupational and/or speech therapists.

Before you go home, we'll give you information about your medications, lab tests, follow-up care and any other details regarding your continued care and recovery.

You play an important role

You play an important role in your recovery and well-being. Be sure to follow the instructions of your doctors and other care team members. Keep all appointments to visit the lab, your therapists and your doctor. And call your care team whenever you have questions or concerns.

Follow-up care

Your care continues after you leave the hospital. Your care team will monitor your progress as you come in for any follow-up appointments. They will address any necessary changes in your care plan and answer your questions along the way. 

Be sure to speak with a member of your care team before making changes to the directions you receive about your recovery and care at home. Changing your medication or therapy schedule can result in complications or delay your recovery. Report any side effects to your doctor, nurse or therapist.

Recovering at home

After you leave the hospital, give yourself adequate time to recover. Depending on your condition, you may not be able to drive or lift objects for a period of time. Your care team will talk to you about any limitations. Be sure to ask your care team if you have questions or concerns.

When you leave the hospital

We want to make sure your discharge from the hospital is easy and that all your questions are answered. Your care team will work with you to create a safe discharge plan and answer your questions.

Keep a list of questions ready to ask as you prepare to leave the hospital. Learn more about discharge information.