No. Patients will not be allowed to drive after a procedure and must make necessary transportation arrangements. If you plan to walk or take public transportation from our facility after a procedure, please make sure you are accompanied by a responsible adult.
Your surgeon may have specific recommendations for your post -operative diet. We generally suggest that you eat lightly after surgery, and strongly encourage you to drink plenty of fluids. You should avoid alcoholic beverages.

For the first 24 hours after your procedure, do not:

  • engage in strenuous activities
  • drink alcoholic beverages
  • take any medications not prescribed by your doctor
  • drive or operate power equipment
  • make critical decisions (including signing legal documents)
  • care for a dependent person
It is important to follow instructions regarding your post-operative pain medication closely. Many pain medications take 20 to 30 minutes to begin to work. For best results, pain medication should be taken before the pain becomes too strong.
If you are in serious pain, or exhibit warning symptoms described in your discharge instructions, please call your physician, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

After your procedure make sure you, your family, and other caregivers wash their hands frequently. Also, be sure you follow all instructions provided by your health care team regarding the care and cleaning of your surgical site as well as the use of post-operative medications and bandages.

Notify your physician if you have any signs or symptoms that concern you.

Most patients should continue their usual medications after surgery. Patients who have diabetes and those patients on blood thinners may require some adjustment of their medications. These instructions will be clarified with you before you leave the facility. If you have any questions, please call your surgeon or primary care physician.

Our care for you does not end when you leave the center. We will call to make sure you are having a smooth recovery, and we will answer any questions you may have about your visit.

If you are going to a family member's or friend's home after surgery, please leave a number where we can reach you the day after surgery. Do not hesitate to call us with any additional questions.

For questions about your medications, or if a problem arises after the surgery center closes, please call your physician’s office and ask for the doctor on call.