- Arrange in advance for a responsible adult to pick you up at the center, drive you home and remain with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. You cannot drive yourself and should not be left alone. You cannot take a taxi.
- Before you leave the center, you will be given written instructions for your care at home.
- After you have returned home, be sure to follow your doctor's orders regarding diet, rest, medication and activity. Unless directed otherwise, you should start your diet with clear liquids. In four to six hours you can begin to eat solid foods. By the next day you should be back to your normal diet. It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, light headed or dizzy for several hours after your operation. Do not sign any important papers or make any significant decisions for at least 24 hours.
- If you have any questions or problems after surgery, please contact your doctor.
- Do not drive a car, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery or cook for 24 hours after surgery.
- A nurse from the Santa Rosa Surgery Center will phone you within a few days after your surgery to see how you are doing and answer any additional questions you might have.