Effective 12-8-23: Due to Flu Season, all SLH Hospital Visitors must be 12 years of age or older; 2 visitors are permitted to a room.

Post-Surgical Care

Your Path To Recovery

Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions on what to do after your surgery. However, here are some general guidelines to keep in mind as you begin the recovery process.

  • You may feel dizzy or drowsy for several hours after surgery as the anesthetics wear off. 
  • You may have a slight fever after surgery. This is normal. If your fever reaches 101 degrees F or above, call a doctor immediately.
  • Follow your doctor’s directions for wound care and bathing. Do not remove your dressing for two days after your surgery unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. After two days, replace your dressing with clean dry gauze daily and check your incision for abnormalities. Do not get the incision site wet until your doctor says it’s okay for you to bathe. 
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for pain management. Treating pain with medication will facilitate greater comfort so your body can heal and regain strength. Your doctor may prescribe opioid analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, or local anesthetics. Take only the prescribed dose and notify your doctor if you experience any side effects. 
  • Schedule regular follow-up appointments so your doctor can monitor your progress after surgery. 


  • Fever over 101 degrees F 
  • Numbness, tingling, burning, or difficulty moving your fingers and toes 
  • Worsening pain 
  • Redness, drainage, or odor around your incision site

If you have difficulty breathing, call 911 and go to the emergency room.