FAQ’s After your surgery
When will I be able to go home? Hospitals have guidelines to determine whether you can take care of your basic needs and are therefore ready to return home. Examples are the ability to stand, walk, go to the bathroom, eat and drink without nausea. Depending on your situation, it may be necessary for you to stay overnight and arrangements will be made for this should the need arise.
Why do I need someone to take me home?
The effects of the medications used in anesthesia may last up to 24 hours before they wear off. It is not uncommon for patients to feel awake and normal while still under the effects of anesthesia. For this reason, you may also need someone to stay with you at home during this first 24 hours after your procedure to assist with your care. This is for your own safety.
Will I feel sick after my surgery? What are other side effects?
It is possible that you might experience some nausea and vomiting. This is usually not serious and can be treated with medication. You may have a sore throat if you received general anesthesia with a breathing tube. This is not dangerous or life threatening and should resolve on its own in a few days. It is natural to feel sore from the surgery, but there is no reason for you to be in severe pain. If you have unexpected pain after your surgery, you should inform your medical care team so that you can receive medications for pain control.