Going Home

‚ÄčIf you will be going home the same day as your surgery, you will return to the post-operative area in the Outpatient Surgery Center after the recovery room.

Your healthcare team will do everything possible to facilitate your discharge. Please plan to spend most of the day at the hospital.

You will be given a list of post-operative instructions. It is important that you fully understand them. Please ask questions if any of the instructions are unclear. You may want to ask specifically about some or all of the following:

  • Medications
  • Staples, stitches, and incision care
  • Bathing and/or showering
  • Pain and pain control
  • Proper eating
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Driving
  • Resuming sexual relations

At home it is important to be alert for unusual symptoms. You need to contact your surgeon/physician if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Fever above 101.5˚ F
  • Increased redness, swelling, and pain at incision site
  • Incision discharge that smells bad
  • Incision opens or incision bleeding that seems to be more than should be expected 
  • Side effects from your medication
  • Intolerable pain

Follow-Up Care

Follow-up care, which is usually arranged with your surgeon’s office, is important to monitor your recovery.

The Outpatient Surgery Center staff will call the next business day after your procedure to see how you’re feeling. Let the staff know if you are having any problems after your surgery, such as nausea, vomiting, or a fever.

The staff makes two attempts to try to contact you following your procedure. The staff will not leave a message on your answering machine or voicemail unless we have permission.

Please call Memorial Hospital Belleville’s Outpatient Surgery Center with any questions at (618) 257-5830, Monday through Friday 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m., or go to the nearest emergency department if you are unable to reach your physician or the Outpatient Surgery Center.