Immediately following surgery, patients are closely monitored while waking up from anesthesia. With assistance from our nursing staff, the patient will need to walk outside of their room, in the hallway, at least 20 steps.
After walking, the patient will be allowed to take zero sugar liquids by mouth. This is usually ice chips and sips of water but broth, sugar-free popsicles and no calorie, non-carbonated drinks are encouraged.
Once able to drink water, the patient will be discharged to a designated caregiver. We cannot release the patient without accompaniment.
Depending on the time of surgery and post-operative performance, patients can go home the same day of their surgery.