Surgery Center in Montrose: Recovery After Your Surgery
Length of Stay
Your time in the Recovery Area will depend on your type of surgery and anesthesia.
We will notify those waiting for you when you arrive in the Recovery Area, and will let them know when you are able to have visitors.
Liquids will be available for you following surgery.
When you are ready to be discharged, we will explain your home-going instructions and give you a printed copy to take home with you that will include your surgeon's phone number.
Effects from Anesthetics
If you have received a general anesthetic or sedation, the drugs and anesthetic you recieved will be affecting your body for the next 24 hours. You may feel lightheaded, dizzy or sleepy. These feelings will slowly wear off. Because the medication is still in your system, for the next 24 hours you cannot:
- Drive a car, operate machinery or power tools
- Drink any alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer
- Make important legal decisions or sign important legal papers
We recommend that you limit your activities for the remainder of the day of surgery. Moderate activity such as walking is permissible. Avoid strenuous activity, such as lifting heavy objects, pulling or bending. Do not engage in sports or heavy work until your doctor approves.
Help at Home
For your safety and protection, we strongly suggest that a responsible adult be with you the rest of the day and your first night at home. A safe, speedy and healthy recovery is our goal for you.