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Post-Operative Instructions

Recovery from Anesthesia

This is very important. Many things can go wrong during initial recovery. The shivering and feeling cold is the least of your worries. Please read the information below and discuss the anesthesia protocol with your anesthesiologist.

  • Patients must be monitored during recovery to ensure that any adverse events are rapidly recognized and treated.

  • Vital signs should be recorded at regular intervals and pulse oximetry should be continued until the patient is no longer at risk of hypoxemia.

  • Monitoring should include observation by a person trained in recognition of post-procedure/post-sedation complications.

  • Appropriate discharge criteria should be met prior to discharge.


    Discharge Criteria

    Guidelines for discharge

    1. Patients should be alert and oriented; patients whose mental status was initially abnormal should have returned to their baseline.

    2. Vital signs should be stable and within acceptable limits.
    3. Sufficient time (up to 2 h) should have elapsed after last administration of reversal agents (naloxone, flumazeil) to ensure that patients do not become resedated after reversal effects have abated.
    4. Outpatients should be discharged in the presence of a responsible adult who will accompany them home and be able to report any post-procedure complications.
    5. Outpatients should be provided with written instructions regarding post-procedure diet, medications, and activities, and a phone number to use in case of emergency.

 

POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING GENERAL ANAESTHESIA

  1. Never remove the original bandage unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
  2. A small amount of bleeding is normal . If your bandage becomes soaked with blood place another bandage over it and apply a small amount of pressure until it stops.
  3. Symptoms to report to your doctor immediately:
    • Excessive or persistent bleeding.
    • Excessive swelling or redness of wound or surrounding area.
    • Fever of 38°C (99°F) or more.
    • Excessive pain.
    • Persistent nausea or vomiting.
  4. You may receive a prescription for medication which should be filled at your local pharmacy.
  5. Limit your activities for the next 24 hours: no heavy work, do not drive or operate hazardous machinery, etc.
  6. Nausea is often felt after a general anaesthesia so limit your food intake. Start by drinking water or clear fluids (ginger ale, bouillon, tea). Progress to light foods such as jello and soups. You should feel able to resume your normal diet within a 24 hour period.
  7. Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours.
  8. Please make an appointment with your doctor for a follow-up visit.
  9. In case of an emergency or questions regarding your surgery, please call your doctor's office. If you are unable to reach your doctor, in case of emergency only you should contact your local hospital..

After your surgery, your surgeon will prescribe a set of specific post-operative instructions that you must follow until your follow-up appointment.

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