Post-Op Instructions for General Anesthesia

  1. Observe the operative area for signs of excessive bleeding. Either slow general oozing that saturates the dressing completely or bright read bleeding requires applied pressure to the area, then elevate it if possible and contact your physician at once.
  2. Observe the operative area 36 – 48 hours post-surgery for signs of infection:
    1. Increase in temperature (101+ degrees F)
    2. Increase pain not controlled by medication
    3. Redness
    4. Swelling
    5. Foul odor or drainage
  3. Diet as tolerated.
  4. Anesthesia and other medications will be in your body for 24 hours, so you make feel a little drowsy, This feeling will slowly wear off but for the next 24 hours the Surgical Guest should NOT:
    1. Drive a car, operate machinery or power tools,
    2. Drink any alcoholic beverages (not even beer),
    3. Make any important decisions such as signing legal documents.
  5. Certain anesthetics and pain medications may produce nausea and vomiting in certain individuals. If nausea becomes a problem at home, call your physician.
  6. Rest today and resume normal activity tomorrow.
  7. If constipation is a problem, use over the counter oral laxatives as needed, no suppositories.
  8. Resume your regular medications, except for Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E and Fish Oil.

We strongly recommend that a responsible adult be with the Surgical Guest for the rest of the day. If any problems occur or if you have any further questions, please contact your physician or the Resident Physician on call immediately at: 941-309-7000.

It is your responsibility to follow your physician’s instructions and those above. We wish you a pleasant and successful  recovery in the comfort of your own home.