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After Surgery

Hospital Care for Overnight Patients

If you are staying in the hospital, it is because you have special needs that cannot be met at home. Your hospital staff will work hard to get you home.  Nursing staff, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Social Services are available to discuss any discharge and home care needs that you might have.

  • Activity
    • The most important thing you can do to help your recovery is to get up and get active. The sooner you get up, the better you will feel. Your nurses will help you get moving.
    • You may notice that moving around can be uncomfortable. It is normal to have some discomfort. You and your nurse will work out a pain control plan.
    • Coughing and deep breathing, and moving your legs are activities you can do while in bed.
  • Treatments
    • Your IV may be stopped,
    • Your urinary catheter may be removed.  The nurses will check to see if you can urinate without the catheter.  You may go home with the urinary catheter in place.
  • Medications
    • Pain pills or shots are given as needed.
    • Ask your doctor or nurse about when to resume taking your usual medicines/hormones/supplements.
  • Other
    • Vital signs will be checked throughout your stay.
    • Your nurse will teach you about wound care, including bathing.
    • Diet as recommended by your doctor.
     

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