Your recovery period following surgery depends greatly on the type of surgery you had as well as whether you had the surgery as an inpatient or outpatient, who comes in for surgery went home and went home afterward. The recovery for outpatient surgery is a lot different from most inpatient surgeries; you will be monitored for a few hours after you wake up to make sure there are no complications. Before you are sent home with your instructions, general surgeon Dr. Elijah Mobley will tell you and your family if you choose, how the surgery went and if anything unexpected happened or was discovered. Someone will then drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
When the anesthesia wears off, and you are alert, as soon as you are able, the nurse will have you sit up on the side of the bed. If you are able, you will walk with assistance for a short distance or sit in a chair to help your lungs continue to remove any anesthesia left behind. Walking also helps to prevent blood clots in your legs. While sitting, you will also be asked to move your legs around while in the chair.
Preventing Complications After Surgery
Dr. Elijah Mobley, general surgeon, will discuss with you and your family how important deep coughing is during recovery after surgery, also called “cough and deep breathe.” Deep coughing helps the lungs to expand and prevent pneumonia. If necessary breathing treatments may be administered in the hospital to help with breathing and they may send a breathing machine with the patient for treatments.
Incision Care & Wound Care
Incision care and would care are critical after surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, the dressing and bandage may regularly need to be changed or when ordered by the general surgeon.
Before discharge, it is important that any special equipment or requirements for at home recovery are addressed. If the patient needs a hospital bed, oxygen, or anything else, the hospital will help with any arrangements needed before discharge.
If you live in Apple Valley, Glendora, and other places in Southern California, contact general surgeon Dr. Elijah Mobley for your surgical consultation.