After Surgery Instructions
General Anesthesia Recovery
At the MSC, part of your recovery period will be spent in the Progressive Recovery Area. One to relatives or friends may wait with you during this phase of your recovery.
When the physician determines that your condition is stable, you will be released to rest and recover at home. If your physician determines that your condition warrants continued observation and care or an overnight stay, you will be admitted to our overnight recovery area.
You might feel a little sleepy for the next 24 hours. This is due to the medicine you received to relax you. For the next 24 hours you should NOT:
- drive a car, operate machinery, or operate power tools
- engage in any strenuous activity
- drink any alcoholic beverages including beer
- make any important decisions or sign any important papers
Going home after surgery
Any instructions for personal care following your outpatient procedure will be given to you and your family before you are discharged. A relative or friend must accompany you. Do not plan to return home unattended.
Extended Recovery Care Unit
What services are provided in the overnight unit?
You may have one visitor / family member stay with you the night of the surgery. However we encourage the family member to go home, as they will be the caregiver when you are discharged. We will provide a pillow, blanket and recliner for your guest.
Complimentary soft drinks, juice, tea, or coffee are provided for patients by our staff. Only patient food items will be provided by our staff. There are vending machines available for visitors. In addition, our staff will be happy to recomment restaurants and/or fast food places near our facility.
If my child will be staying, what should I expect?
A parent is required to stay if the patient is an infant or small child. Diapers, formula, and baby food are not provided, so please bring these items with you. Our staff will assist the parent staying with the infant, if a break is needed. Sometimes a short walk outside is refreshing for the parent.
Are there any special considerations for visitors?
For your safety, the main doors are locked at 9:00 p.m. You may exit the building from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. without setting off alarms. After 9:0pm, visiting hours are over, so PLEASE DO NOT EXIT without CHECKING with one of our staff first. To re-enter the building, press the intercom button to the right of the main doors and one of the nurses will identify you and admit you into the building.
Our building is considered a "smoke-free environment" as with most helath care facilities today. You will not be allowed to smoke in your room. Please communicate this to your visitors.
Will I have access to a telephone during my stay?
There is a telephone at each bedsie. For local calls, dial "9" then your number. To make a long distance phone call, ask your nurse for instructions. There is a phone directory in the nightstand should you need to look up a local number.
The extended Recovery Center telephone number is (601) 592-7413. You will be assigned a direct phone line in your room upon admission to the ERC unit. We request no phone calls after 9:00 p.m. so that you can rest and recover from your surgery properly.
What personal items should I bring from home?
You will need to bring your own personal items, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, brush or comb, (lingerie or pajamas, slippers and robe are optional, but not required). Please bring your daily medications with you.
Each room has cable TV for your enjoyment.
When will I be able to return home?
Since we are licensed to care for patients only 23 hours from the actual admission time to the unit, expect to be going home early the next morning. Many physicians discharge their patients early. Some may want you to be seen at his/her office before going home Your discharge time will be explained to you by our staff. Upon discharge, we will review with you any prescriptions written by your physician and a copy of your discharge instructions. If you have any questions after leaving our center concerning you post operative recovery, please contact your physician.