Post-Operative Recovery

Before you are discharged from Algonquin Road Surgery Center Center, your physician will provide specific instructions regarding your at-home care.
General Surgery Recovery

Procedures and recovery after your surgery

Here are some helpful hints for how to be the patient who heals quickly, easily, and faster than the surgeon predicted.

Do not drive yourself

You will not be able to drive yourself home following surgery. You should arrange for a caregiver (responsible adult over the age of 18) to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours as you recover from anesthesia and your procedure.

Follow the given instructions

Follow your physician’s instructions regarding diet, rest, and medication. The physician-patient relationship has a significant effect on diagnoses and treatments. In general, medical regimens and treatments are more likely to be effective if patients follow the physician’s advice.

Take it easy

Take it easy until your physician says you can return to your normal routine.

No heavy work or alcohol

Do not drive, operate machinery or power tools, drink alcoholic beverages or take any medications not prescribed by your physicians for at least 24 hours following surgery.

Share your medical history and be patient

It is natural to experience some discomfort in the area of the operation. Depending upon the anesthesia you receive during surgery and pain medication taken in the hours following, you may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness. Make sure the Pharmacy filling your new prescriptions is aware of all current medications you are taking.

Call to the doctor in case of an emergency

Contact your physician if you feel you are having problems after discharge. If your doctor is not available, call the nearest hospital emergency room.

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