Post-Operative

After surgery, you will be moved to the Recovery Area where you will be closely monitored until you are ready to go home. You will be sent home with copies of your Post-Op instructions and a Patient Satisfaction Survey.

What to Expect Post Surgery?

  • After surgery, you will be moved to the Recovery Area where you will be closely monitored until you are ready to go home.

  • Although the times may vary, most patients are discharged 60 to 90 minutes after surgery.

  • It is perfectly normal to feel discomfort in the area of the surgery. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness depending on the type of anesthesia you received.

  • When you are ready to be discharged, your Recovery Nurse will call the ride contact you provided and instruct them to wait for you at the passenger loading zone on Hickory St, which runs alongside our building, and then you will be escorted to your ride’s vehicle via wheelchair.

  • You will be sent home with copies of your Post-Op instructions and a Patient Satisfaction Survey. 

    • Your completion and return of the survey will enable us to continue to improve our services.

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Resting

At Home After Surgery

  • Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for care while recovering at home. In the event of difficulty, please call your surgeon.

  • For the first 24 hours following surgery, do not engage in strenuous activities, do not drink alcoholic beverages, drive or make any important decisions.

  • A nurse from Hayes Valley Surgery Center will call you within 72 hours to evaluate how you are recovering at home.