The duration of hospitalization and how soon you can go home after surgery depends on your specific procedure and health condition. The period of rest or inactivity can depend on a few factors such as the type of surgical procedure, the size of the incision, and the presence of any complications. Return to work or normal activity depends on the type of work or activity you plan to perform.
Follow the specific instructions given by your doctor to aid in faster recovery with optimum results. Some of the instructions that you should follow after surgery are as follows:
- Take medications as recommended by your doctor.
- Keep your incision area clean and dry to promote wound healing.
- Avoid smoking, driving, lifting heavy objects, swimming or using a hot tub.
- Follow the specific restriction of activity, as advised.
- Start physical therapy as instructed by your doctor.
- Schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor as advised.
Consult your doctor immediately if you experience fever over 101° F or if the incision site shows signs of infection such as pain, redness, swelling, or increased drainage from the incision.