For patients undergoing day surgery, you will be discharged to go home a few hours later, once there is reasonable control of your postoperative discomfort, and you are believed to be safe for discharge. You will be given prescriptions for pain medications, as well as instructions on how to deal with your incision and other matters.
Patients being admitted to the hospital after surgery will have a length of stay determined largely by adequacy of pain control, ability to get in and out of bed unassisted, as well as ability to walk and climb stairs with minimal assistance, enough to manage safely at home. Occasionally, a patient will need to be discharged to a rehabilitation facility for a few days or weeks, especially if his/her mobility was impaired before surgery. The need for this is will be determined after surgery, with input from the Physical and Occupational Therapists.
Some post-operative discomfort is to be expected. Once you are home, if you have severe pain, fever over 100.5F, incisional redness or discharge, worse weakness than you had before surgery or any other concerning matters, please call the office promptly at 617-754-6025. This number is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If Dr. Ohaegbulam is not available, another physician will return your call if the issue cannot safely wait until the next work day. In general, it will be easiest for you if Dr. Ohaegbulam deals with your calls himself, so if the reason for the call is not urgent, it may be best to wait until the next morning/work day. Obviously, any urgent matters should not wait, and an emergency such as sudden limb weakness, incontinence, or difficulty breathing should be called into 911.