After Surgery

  • Before you leave the center, you will be given written and verbal instructions for your care at home.


  • After you have returned home, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders regarding diet, rest, medication, and activity.  Unless directed otherwise, you should start your diet with clear liquids.  In four to six hours, you can begin to eat solid foods.  By the next day, you should be back to your normal diet.  It is not unusual to feel a little sleepy, lightheaded or dizzy for several hours after your surgery.  Do not sign any important papers or make any significant decisions for at least 24 hours.


  • If you have any questions or problems after surgery, please contact your physician.


  • A nurse from the center will contact you by phone within a few days after your surgery to see how you are and answer any additional questions you might have.  If you have not been contacted 24 hours after your surgery, please call the center (510-547-2244, ext. 116).


  • Do not drive a car, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery or cook for 24 hours after surgery.


  • Please have a responsible adult stay with you for the first postop night at a minimum.