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    After Your Surgery
    Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

    • If you had sedation or anesthesia, you will be recovered in the recovery room until your vital signs are stable and you are awake. 
    • You may feel weak or drowsy after your surgery.  It generally takes 24 hours for anesthesia effects to wear off completely.
    • Arrange for someone to stay with you at home for the day of surgery.  It may also be helpful, and even necessary, for someone to stay with you overnight.
    • Follow your doctor’s instructions on diet, medications, bathing and activity.  Call your doctor if you experience any problems or have questions.
    • Eat lightly and do not drink alcoholic beverages or take non-prescription medication for 24 hours after surgery.
    • If you have pain medication prescribed please take it as directed.
    • Every patient is unique and every surgery is different, so you can expect to receive individualized care.  Your nurse will prepare you to care for yourself in the comfort of your home.  Home care instructions will be provided both verbally and in writing.  If you have any questions please ask your nurse.
    • A nurse will call you within a day or two of your procedure to check on your progress and to answer any questions you may have.