After Your Surgery

  • You may feel slightly lethargic, lightheaded or dizzy several hours after surgery.  This is normal and should subside within 24 hours.
  • You should not drive, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or operate machinery for 24 hours after surgery, unless authorized by your Surgeon.
  • Your surgeon will prescribe pain relief medication as needed to be taken at-home following your surgery.
  • You will be given post-operative instructions that our nursing staff will review with you and your ride home.  A copy will be sent home for reference.
  • You will receive a survey along with your discharge instructions following your surgery. Please take a moment to complete and return it to the Center. We appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have regarding your experience at Pacific Heights Surgery Center.

Dressing Changes and Wound Care Management

After your surgery, you will be given specific discharge instructions regarding dressing changes and wound care management. We are happy to review these with you prior to your discharge and during your follow-up call the next day. Please follow these instructions exactly.

Signs and Symptoms of Infection

If you experience any of the following signs and symptoms of infection, please contact your Surgeon immediately:

  • Redness at the incision site
  • Pus at the incision site
  • Odor at the incision site
  • Fever over 100 degrees F with chills
  • Increased pain

Beware of Blood Clots

Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) are very rare but can occur after surgery. You are at higher risk if you: have had a DVT in the past, are having surgery on a lower extremity, and/or are overweight.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Redness of the calf
  • Warmth of the calf
  • Pain unrelated to the surgery site
  • Shortness of breath and excessive sweating, not related to physical activity