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The Discharge Process

You and your family member/friend will receive clear and concise post-operative instructions including necessary medications and after care reminders. When you are ready to go home, you will be given a discharge instruction sheet that lists important phone numbers and specific instructions from your physician. The day after your procedure, a nurse will call you at home to see if you have any questions. Please discuss any and all of your concerns with the nurse.

General Discharge Instructions

Notify your Doctor if you have

  • Increased pain not relieved by pain medication
  • Fever greater than 101°
  • Increased bleeding, redness, and/or swelling at procedure site
  • Difficulty breathing, and/or persistent nausea or vomiting

If you are unable to reach your physician, please call 312.942.5000 and press '0' for operator, ask to have your physician paged. You will need to leave a number for the physician resident to reach you.

Medication

  • If you are given a prescription, take as directed.
  • If you are not prescribed a pain medication, you may take a NON-ASPIRIN medication such as Tylenol or Advil as the label directs.

Local Anesthesia

  • Following your procedure, you may return to your normal activities as instructed by your physician.
  • You may experience some post-operative discomfort.
  • A prescription for pain medications may or may not be given to you.

General Anesthesia/Sedation

  • For your safety, you MUST have a responsible adult with you for the 24 hours following your procedure.
  • You may experience lightheadedness, dizziness, and/or sleepiness; this is normal.
  • When walking keep your head level and look straight ahead.
  • You should NOT:
    • Drive a car, operate machinery or power tools
    • Drink ANY alcoholic beverages, including beer
    • Make any important decisions
  • As for your diet start with liquids and slowly progress to solids.
  • Do NOT take any sedatives, antihistamines, or sleeping pills for 24 hours.

Regional Nerve Block

  • Nerve Blocks affect many nerves including those that control movement, pain, and sensation. This type of block will cause you to feel:
    • Numbness
    • Tingling
    • Heaviness
    • Weakness or inability to move your arm or leg; a feeling that your arm or leg has 'fallen asleep'
  • A nerve block can last anywhere from 8-12 hours or more depending on the medications used.
  • Your surgeon will give you a prescription for pain medication that you MUST start taking BEFORE the nerve block starts to wear off. The purpose is to have your pain under control once the block has worn off.
  • It is recommended that you take your pain medication as prescribed even when sleeping. So be sure to set your alarm.
  • Nausea is very common when taking pain medication. You will want to eat something before taking pain medication.