After Your Surgery

Post-Op Instructions and Advice

Recovery time will vary depending on what type of procedure you have had and your overall health. For safety reasons we will escort each patient exiting our facility to their transportation (some patients must be escorted by wheelchair depending on type of anesthesia and surgery).

You should make arrangements for someone over 18 years of age to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours following any surgical procedure. It will benefit you if this person or someone else in your household can also keep any personal items you have brought to your appointment such as your I.D., Medical Power of Attorney, daily medications (particularly for diabetic patients or those with special medical needs unrelated to their surgery). A staff member will discuss discharge instructions with your accompanying family member or friend whom you have designated to receive this information, once you have reached an appropriate level of recovery.

Follow your physicians instructions with regards to when you can begin taking daily medications again. You should also follow any advice with regards to limitations of food or drink following your surgery. Some patients will also receive specific instructions about dressings or bandages at the surgical site, including any topical medications to be used and whether or not to avoid getting the area wet for a period of time.

Be sure to keep contact information close at hand for your doctor and our staff in case you need further instructions pertaining to your post-operative care and concerns. Our desire is for your experience with Panama City Surgery Center to be as comfortable and efficient as possible and we appreciate the trust you have placed in our facility and it’s personnel.