After the surgery, you will be
taken to a recovery room to be closely watched. You'll be connected to machines that
will constantly display your heart beat, blood pressure, breathing rate, and your
Once you’re awake and stable,
you may start to drink liquids and will be taken to your hospital room.
You may get pain medicine as
needed, either by a nurse, or by giving it yourself through a device connected to
your IV line.
You will be able to eat solid
foods as you are able to handle them.
Your healthcare team will show
you how to do breathing exercises and movements while in bed to help your body
recover. You may wear compression stockings on your legs. These reduce your risk for
blood clots. Your activity will be slowly increased. You will be urged to get out of
bed and walk around for longer periods.
The drain will generally be
taken out the day after surgery. The catheter that was put in to drain your urine
will stay in place for about 1 to 3 weeks as you heal. You will be given instructions
on how to care for your catheter at home.
Arrangements will be made for a
follow-up visit with your doctor.