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After Surgery


After surgery, you will either be transferred to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (recovery area), or transferred to the Day Surgery unit to be prepared for discharge. Your length of stay will depend on the type of surgery and your individual recovery. When you have met the recovery guidelines specified by your doctor, you will be discharged.

A responsible adult must drive you home from GRMC. For your safety, you will not be permitted to leave unattended. You should plan to have a responsible adult at home with you for 24 hours after your surgery.

You will be given home care instructions by your doctor and nurse. Once you are home, contact your doctor immediately if you have any problems or surgery-related questions. Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after surgery or if taking prescribed medication.

Do not drive a motor vehicle or make any important decisions (including legal decisions) within 24 hours of surgery. Medication may prevent you from thinking clearly. A GRMC nurse will attempt to contact you within three days to make certain your recovery is going smoothly.



Surgery Patient Guidelines: (click links below)
What To Expect
Before Your Surgery
Food & Drink Instructions
Day of Surgery
Pediatric Patients

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