Southeastern Surgery Center

If You Had Anesthesia Discharge Instructions

(Follow ONLY the instructions that are checked below)

1. FOR GENERAL ANESTHESIA, NEUROLEPT ANESTHESIA, OR IV SEDATION PATIENTS:

  • Do not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours
  • Do not consume alcohol, tranquilizers, sleeping medications or non-prescription medications for 24 hours unless otherwise instructed
  • Do not make important decisions or sign important papers in the next 24 hours

2. ACTIVITY:

  • Go directly home, restrict you activities and rest for today.
  • No strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 24 hours.

3. FLUIDS AND DIET:

  • Begin with clear liquids and light foods; then progress diet as tolerated.

4. PRESCRIPTION(S):

  • Use as directed:_____________________________________________________
  • You may resume your daily prescription medication schedule.

5. OPERATIVE SITE:

  • Keep dressing dry and intact.
  • Use ice first 24 hours as much as possible.

6. FOLLOW-UP CARE:

  • Please make an appointment to return to see your doctors in: ____________days ____________weeks _____________months
  • Your appointment at Southeastern Urological Center, PA. is scheduled for: ____________ at ____________ am/pm.

7. COMPLICATIONS TO WATCH FOR IN THE NEXT 3 DAYS AND REPORT TO YOUR DOCTOR AT (850) 201-0500 IF AFTER 5PM MON-FRI. IF DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS MON-FRI 8:30A-5P CALL 309-0400.

  • Fever over 101 by mouth
  • Pain not relieved by medication
  • Rash or itching after taking pain medication
  • Continued nausea and vomiting
  • Increased redness, warmth, hardness, and swelling around the operative site
  • Excessive drainage from surgical area
  • Excessive bleeding from operative area or blood-soaked dressing. Small amounts of oozing may be normal.
  • Inability to urinate

GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OF YOUR NEAREST HOSPITAL IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING:

  • Sudden onset of shortness of breath
  • Chest pain, pain in your arm, jaw or neck, feeling faint, or breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Coughing up blood
  • Tingling, numbness or paralysis in your arms or legs
  • Confusion, dizziness, double vision, slurred speech, or weakness on one side of your body or face
  • Tenderness or pain in the back of your lower leg