How will I feel after my surgery?

  • You may feel slightly nauseated after surgery.
  • You may feel light-headed, dizzy or sleepy for 24 hours after an anaesthetic.
  • You may have a slight temperature for two (2) days.
  • You may have hoarseness for a few days.
  • Expect some soreness in your neck.
  • You may have blood streaked saliva.

You need to call your doctor if…

  • A fever that persists beyond 2 days.
  • More than a small amount of bright red blood in your sputum.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Headache, nausea or vomiting after 24 hours.
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department.


  • Take only the medication for pain that your surgeon prescribes.
  • Follow your surgeon’s order about when to start taking your routine medications.


  • Eat light foods for the first day, such as tea, toast, soup or Jello® and drink extra fluids.
  • If you are diabetic, follow your doctor’s orders for diet and medication.

Activity and Exercise:

  • For 24 hours after surgery do not drive, operate heavy equipment, drink alcohol, smoke or make important decisions.
  • Have a responsible adult stay with you for 24 hours.
  • You will need to rest for a few days following your surgery.
  • Ask your surgeon when it is safe to return to your regular activities and work.

Follow-Up Care:

  • Call your surgeon’s office for a follow-up appointment.
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