Following Your Surgery
After surgery, you will be provided with discharge instructions that include what you can eat and drink, activity restrictions, medication instructions and post-operative care. Of course, if you have any questions regarding your post-operative recovery, you are encouraged to contact your surgeon.
For 24 hours after your surgery, adhere to the following:
- Have a family member or friend drive you home and stay with you.
- Do not drive, sign important documents or make critical decisions.
- Do not operate machinery, power tools or appliances.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
Communication from Meadows Surgery Center
Please notify us if the telephone number we should use to contact you for follow-up is different from the contact number verified at the time of your admission.
A day or two after your procedure, you will receive a call from one of the Surgery Center’s nurses to check on your progress and answer any questions you may have. If you have not spoken with a nurse by the end of the next business day, please call us at (201) 574-0566.
When to Call the Doctor
Call the doctor immediately if you experience:
- Excessive bleeding
- Pain that is not relieved by medication
- Fever over 100° F (by mouth) for two readings taken four hours apart
- Incision or drain sites become more painful, swollen, red and/or feel warmer than usual
- Any drainage or bleeding from your incision
- Problems with nausea and vomiting
- Problems urinating or emptying your bladder