Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after you leave the hospital. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, but unavoidable complications sometimes occur. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, call your caregiver.


  • Take all medicines as directed.

  • Do not use over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements without your caregiver's knowledge.

  • Do not drive while you are using narcotic pain medicines or medicines for nausea.

  • Follow the diet prescribed by your doctor.

  • You may be asked to weigh yourself or take your blood pressure daily. Your caregiver will tell you what results should be reported right away.

  • Follow your caregiver's recommendations for activity level, amount of weight you can lift, and time frame for returning to work. These recommendations will depend on the type of surgery you had and your general health.

  • Care for your incision(s) and bandage(s) as directed by your caregiver.

  • Write down questions to ask at your next appointment.


  • Your pain level increases and does not improve with the pain medicines you have been given.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).

  • You are constipated or have diarrhea.

  • You cannot take your medicines for any reason.

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have burning with urination or need to urinate more often than usual.

  • You develop a new cough.

  • You have pain or trouble urinating, or you pass blood in your urine.

  • You have new questions or concerns.


  • You have a fever.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You have chills.

  • You have shortness of breath.

  • You suddenly feel too weak or dizzy to stand or walk.

  • The bandage on your incision becomes soaked with blood.

  • Your incision becomes red, opens up, or develops a creamy or bad smelling discharge.

  • You have a severe increase in pain.

  • You have pain, tenderness, or redness in your calf.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.