Q. What happens if my surgery is postponed?
Although your surgery has been scheduled for a specific day and time, there is always the possibility that due to unforeseen circumstances elective procedures may have to be cancelled. This is more likely to occur during the winter months as Hospitals are busier than usual with emergency cases and illness brought about by the winter weather.

Unfortunately, the decision to change the date of your elective procedure may have to be made as late as the day of your surgery. This is usually as a result of an influx of patients with more serious conditions that have come to the Emergency Department through the previous night.

Please be assured that if your surgery appointment is changed, it is done so with the input and agreement of your surgeon who knows and appreciates your specific case. In all instances, your procedure will be rescheduled as soon as possible, taking into consideration the seriousness of your case.

Cancellations do not happen frequently, however, we want you to be aware of the possibility in advance. The surgical team appreciates your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions please speak with your physician.

Q. Why do I need someone to take me home after surgery?
The effects of anaesthesia (general anaesthesia or local with sedation) may take 24 hours to fully disappear. Because you may feel drowsy from even minor surgery and light sedation, it is also advisable for you to have someone help take care of you at home.

Q. When can I eat and drink normally?
A light meal is suggested. If you have nausea and/or vomiting, sips of ginger ale with soda crackers are best or wait until you feel like eating

Q. When should I resume my normal medication?
Continue taking your usual medication when you arrive home, unless you are instructed not to do so by your surgeon.

Q. Are there any side effects from the anesthesia?
Nausea sometimes occurs after both general anaesthesia and sedation, and may continue in a mild form for several days after surgery. You may find that moving around, riding in a car, or eating large meals can increase the feelings of nausea. Small, light meals are suggested. Try sips of ginger ale and soda crackers if you have nausea or vomiting or wait until you feel like eating. You should call your surgeon if your vomiting continues longer than 2 days. You may also have a sore throat. The anaesthetic gases as well as the breathing tube that are sometimes needed for anaesthesia contribute to the feeling of soreness. This will naturally go away in a few days. Increasing your intake of fluids can help.

Q. How long will the pain last?
The type of surgery will determine the duration of the pain. In general, the worst time for pain is the night after surgery. Your surgeon will have already given you a prescription for pain medication if one is required.

Q. When can I return to work and begin to exercise?
You may feel tired and not have your normal level of energy for about a week. Returning to work may depend on what type of job you have. Since exercise may put stress on sutures (stitches), you should talk with your surgeon about resuming your regular activities.

Q. What if my wound bleeds?
Some degree of bleeding is expected after surgery. Excessive bleeding and/or bleeding associated with fainting and loss of consciousness should be reported to your surgeon. Before you leave for home, your surgeon will provide written instructions about bleeding. You will also be given extra supplies, and written instructions about wound care and bandage dressing.

Q. Whom should I call in an emergency?
Contact your surgeon's office. The office number will be on your written discharge instruction sheet. If your surgeon cannot be reached, please go to the Emergency Department.

 
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