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Post-Surgical Procedure (Click for Details)
We want to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Both drugs and non-drug treatment can be helpful in preventing and controlling pain. Everyone’s pain is different, so please let us know about any pain or discomfort you are experiencing.
All BASM Surgical Centers are tobacco-free. If you use tobacco, we will talk to you about the support we can give you.
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You have the right to have your report of pain taken seriously and to be treated with dignity and respect by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
You may be given medicine to take at home to eliminate or decrease pain. Your caregiver will tell you how much to take and how often to take it. Take the medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not wait until the pain is too bad before taking your medicine. The medicine may not work as well at controlling your pain if you wait too long to take it. Tell caregivers if the pain medicine does not help, or if your pain comes back too soon.
You will receive specific instructions when you are discharged from the Surgical Center. Your instructions will contain information specific to your surgery and surgical wound care and bandaging.
Leave the paper wound tapes (Steri-strips) in place until told otherwise by your surgeon.
If you have a question or concern, first refer to the printed Postoperative Instructions sheet given to you at discharge from the Surgical Center.
Call you doctor’s office if any of the following should happen
You will be taken to a recovery room until you are fully awake. Nurses will watch you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your nurse approves. The bandages used to cover your stitches keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection.
After your surgery you will be closely monitored. When you are ready to go home, a nurse will give you instructions about your home care and medications. You must have a responsible adult drive you home. Expect a phone call from a nurse the day after your surgery (on Monday, if your surgery is on Friday). The nurse will ask you how you are doing. Please feel free to ask questions.
Always take your medicine as directed by doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor if you think your medicines are not helping or if you feel you are having side effects. Do not quit taking your medicines until you discuss it with your doctor. You may resume your usual medications when you go home.
Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always follow the instructions carefully.
Stool softeners: Narcotic pain medicines commonly cause constipation. Talk with your surgeon before your surgery if you are prone to constipation. You may be given stool softeners to soften your bowel movements, making them easier to pass. Your pharmacist can also advise you of over-the-counter stool softeners, as an alternative.
Eat a variety of healthy foods from all the food groups every day.
During your Surgical Center stay, our staff will work with you, your family members and your nurse to develop a plan for when you go home. If you have questions regarding possible discharge needs, speak with your surgeon and anesthesiologist.
BASM Surgical Centers keeps all patient information private, confidential and secure. Only the staff involved in your care, or for the billing process, will have the access to your information. All of your electronic information is kept secure throughout the Surgical Center systems.