The Next Few Days after Surgery

The Next Few Days after Surgery

The first few days after your surgery are very important to your healing.  Be careful performing your daily activities and maintain good body hygiene.  Depending on the type and extent of your surgery you may need to allow time for rest before resuming your normal everyday activities, including work.  Your surgeons instructions are paramount and should be strictly followed.

If you are taking narcotic pain medication, do not drive or operate machinery.  Your decision-making ability may be affected, so allow yourself to be assisted in performing certain activities involving complicated movements.

After surgery, you should have an expectation of discomfort or feel fatigued in the first few days.  Take all of your medications as directed and use the pain relievers prescribed by your surgeon.

If you feel that you are feeling more pain than you expected, or if you develop fever, or show any sign that may be infection, you can call 911 or visit your closest emergency room.  Never hesitate to call your doctor about your recovery.

Be sure to keep all of your post-surgical appointments and be compliant with all physical therapy instructions.

SurgiCare of Manhattan is obliged to respect patients’ rights consistent with law. Make sure you are familiar with the Patient’s Bill of Rights before you undergo any medical treatment. You can read the Patient’s Bill of Rights here.