Post-Op Information: Make sure that both you and your caregiver understand the instructions that are given to you prior to discharge from USC.
You should plan to go home and rest for the first 12-24 hours following your surgery/procedure. Remember that you have been given medications that may affect your judgement and reflexes. Therefore, for the next 24 hours you should not:
Operate a car, machinery or power tools.
Use any alcoholic beverages, tranquillizers, or sleeping medications.
Sign any legal documents or make critical decisions.
If you have been given a prescription, have it filled and take as directed. Unless directed otherwise, resume taking your regular medications.
You can resume your regular diet as you are able to tolerate it. Start with liquids and light foods (soda, tea, soup, Jello, etc.). Nausea and/vomiting mat occur after your surgery/procedure. If you still feel nauseated, remain on liquids until such time as you feel able to move to solid foods. If your nausea persists for an unreasonable amount of time, contact your physician.
You are required to have a responsible caregiver with you for the first 24 hours post-op.