Your Visit

If you have any questions about the Surgery Center or your experience, please call
(716) 740-8330.

Going Home

Before Discharge

Before You Can Be Discharged

You must meet certain criteria before you can go home:

  • Your blood pressure and pulse are stable.
  • You are able to drink fluids.
  • You are able to urinate independently.
  • You are NOT experiencing any nausea or vomiting.
  • Your incision is not draining or swollen.
  • You are reasonably comfortable and do not have excessive pain.
  • You are able to move around without too much assistance.

When You Are Ready To Be Discharged

Nurse pushing patient in wheel chairYou will be discharged after you meet all the medical criteria. The recovery room nurse will review your medications and the doctor’s discharge instructions with you to make sure you understand what you need to do at home.

A nurse will escort you discreetly down a short hall to an exit that bypasses the main waiting area when you leave. You can either walk out or use a wheelchair, but you must have an adult family member or friend ready to escort you home, as well as remain with you after you arrive home from your surgery, for your safety and wellbeing.

Care at Home

Be sure to follow the post-operative (after surgery) instructions you are provided. Surgery can be very stressful on the body so rest is extremely important to recovery.

Below are some tips and helpful information:

  • Eat lightly for the first 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Feeling tired, dizzy or nauseous for a day or so following surgery is normal.
  • You may experience some discomfort at the procedure site.

A surgery center nurse will contact you at home after your surgery to evaluate your recovery. If you need to speak to a nurse before or after the courtesy call, contact the Southtowns Surgery Center Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at (716) 740-8330.

Contact your surgeon if:

  • You have a fever over 101° F.
  • Your incision becomes red, swollen, painful, or has a foul odor.
  • You have increased, excessive, or you have unexpected bleeding.
  • You feel too sleepy, dizzy or groggy. (Your medication may be too strong.)
  • You still have pain one hour after taking pain medication.
  • You have side effects from your medication such as nausea, vomiting, redness, rash or itching.
  • You are unable to drink or eat without vomiting.
  • You have a problem urinating.