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Discharge instructions

Your nurse will go over discharge instructions with you and your caregiver. The discussion will include the following key points and educational information:

Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for any of the following:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Severe bleeding (apply direct pressure to the affected area)
Contact your doctor if you have:
  • Fever of more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit/ 38 degrees Celsius
  • Nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Pain or burning when you urinate or you have trouble urinating
  • Pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your surgical site
  • A new rash around the incision or your wound is red, swollen or draining pus
  • Difficulty or pain with breathing
  • Skin or eyes turning yellow (jaundice)
  • Any questions or concerns about your condition or care

Postanesthesia instructions

Follow-up care

Depending on the type of procedure or surgery you have had, follow-up care instructions may vary. Follow-up is critical to a successful procedure or surgery. Verify the date and time of your return visit to your doctor at the time of discharge. Most postoperative appointments are scheduled seven to 14 days after the procedure or surgery. If you have any problems before then, do not hesitate to call your provider’s office or send a message to your care team through your patient portal.