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After Your Surgery

Following Your Surgery

  • After surgery, you will be provided with discharge instructions that include what you can eat and drink, activity restrictions, medication instructions and post-operative care. Of course, if you have any questions regarding your post-operative recovery, you are encouraged to contact your surgeon.
  • For 24 hours after your surgery, adhere to the following:
    • Have a family member or friend drive you home and stay with you.
    • Do not drive, sign important documents or make critical decisions.
    • Do not operate machinery, power tools or appliances.
    • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.

Communication from Meadows Surgery Center

Please notify us if the telephone number we should use to contact you for follow-up is different from the contact number verified at the time of your admission.
A day or two after your procedure, you will receive a call from one of the Surgery Center’s nurses to check on your progress and answer any questions you may have. If you have not spoken with a nurse by the end of the next business day, please call us at (201) 574-0566.

When to Call the Doctor

Call the doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Pain that is not relieved by medication
  • Fever over 100° F (by mouth) for two readings taken four hours apart
  • Incision or drain sites become more painful, swollen, red and/or feel warmer than usual
  • Any drainage or bleeding from your incision
  • Problems with nausea and vomiting
  • Problems urinating or emptying your bladder