Because recovering at home allows for a more restful, quicker recuperation, the Palo Alto Surgery Center’s goal is to return you to your home environment as soon as possible. Our nurses will thoroughly evaluate your readiness for discharge before approving your release.
Recuperating From Your Procedure
Immediately following your procedure, you will be moved to our recovery room for observation. Because of the medications taken prior to and after a surgical procedure, it is normal to feel tired for 24 hours after surgery. The type of anesthesia you received will determine the length of your stay.
The Palo Alto Surgery Center staff will not allow you to drive yourself home after surgery. Prior to surgery you are responsible for arranging a driver/escort to take you home and stay with you for 24 hours. During your check-in, a staff member will ask you for your driver/escort’s name and telephone number so that we can contact them with an estimated pick-up time.
While rest should be your main focus once returning home, becoming mobile soon after surgery helps to increase blood flow and promote healing. However, it is important to follow your doctor’s recommendations about returning to your regular routine.
To manage any pain you may experience, Palo Alto Surgery Center will provide you with a prescription, if needed, or we will give you information on managing your pain before beginning your surgery.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If any of the following occur, call your physician immediately:
- Temperature of 101 degrees or higher, and/or chills
- Nausea or vomiting that lasts more than 24 hours
- Increasing drowsiness
- Worsening pain not relieved by pain medication
- Increased swelling around the incision
- Redness that spreads around the incision
- Bright red blood or discharge coming from the wound
In an emergency, call 911.