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After Your Surgery

Patients going home will return to SurgiCare
When you return to SurgiCare, you will be checked in by your post-op team. You may still be very sleepy. This is where you will be rejoined with your family and friends. Most patients are in SurgiCare about an hour before they are dismissed home. Tell your nurse if you are hurting or feel sick to your stomach. She will help you to feel better. After surgery, you may not be pain free, but our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible. Most patients will remain on the stretcher for about 30 minutes. 

Please do not drink anything while you are lying down. It can make you feel more nauseated. When you are alert enough and it is time, your post-op team will help you get dressed, go to the bathroom and sit up in a recliner. We will get you something to drink and roll the stretcher out of your room. 

Need Something? Tell us! Warm blankets, bathroom visit, or a refill on your drink - we are here to meet the needs of you and your family. 

Going home
Before you go home, your nurse will talk to you and your family. Your nurse will go over any discharge instructions from your doctor, including any instructions about your follow up appointment to see your doctor, any special care instructions for your surgery site, any activity or diet restrictions, and any other special instructions your doctor may have. 

Your nurse will give you any prescriptions your doctor has written. Sometimes your doctor may have given some special instructions to your family when your doctor spoke to them after your surgery. If you or your family have any questions or concerns, please let us know before you leave. We want to make sure we have met all of your needs and expectations. Your family will be instructed to pull their car to the discharge area. You will be assisted to your car in a wheelchair by our staff. 

You may receive a survey in the mail:

  • We need your feedback. We want to know what we did great and what we could do better.
  • Our goal is to provide exceptional care for you and your family.
  • Please take the time to complete the survey and return it so we will know if we met our goal and exceeded your expectations.
  • Please make sure you complete every line of the survey.

For more information about SurgiCare at Phoebe, call (229) 312-0304.

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Phoebe Putney Health System is a network of hospitals, family medicine clinics, rehab facilities, auxiliary services, and medical education training facilities. Founded in 1911,
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (the flagship hospital) is one of Georgia's largest comprehensive regional medical centers. From the beginning, Phoebe's mission and vision
has been to bring the finest medical talent and technology to the citizens of Southwest Georgia, and to serve all citizens of the community regardless of ability to pay.