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  • AMBULATORY CARE UNIT (ACU) (For Out Patient Surgery)

  • If you are going home the same day as your surgery, you will come to the ACU and return there after surgery. Your nurse will continue to monitor your vital signs, and check your dressings and intravenous infusion (IV). We provide a light snack for your post-operative nourishment.

    Your Recovery

    Your healthcare provider may instruct you to do certain activities after surgery. These help prevent lung problems, blood clots, and other complications. Here are some things you may be asked to do:

    Coughing Exercises

    Coughing helps clear secretions from your air passages.

    At first, a healthcare provider may help you move and turn in bed. You will be taught to turn, change positions, sit with your legs dangling over the side of the bed, and get out of bed.

    1. Hold a pillow against your body as instructed by your healthcare provider. This helps prevent discomfort around the incision site.
    2. Take 2 to 3 deep breaths.
    3. Cough 2 times.

    Ankle Pumps

    1. Lie on your back with your legs slightly apart. Keep your feet straight, toes pointed up.
    2. Slowly point your feet down, then back up.

    Ankle Circles

    1. Lie on your back with your legs slightly apart. Keep your feet straight, toes pointed up.
    2. Slowly turn your feet out to the sides. Then slowly turn them back toward each other.
    3. Return to starting position.

    Turn in Bed and Change Positions Often

    Going Home

    Several discharge criteria must be met before you go home.

    They include, but are not limited to:

    • The ability to drink fluids and keep them down
    • The ability to urinate (specific surgeries only)
    • Stable vital signs
    • Nausea under control
    • Pain under control

    Please remember to make arrangements in advance for someone to drive you home. Before you leave the hospital you will receive instructions on your home care. After arriving home, plan on resting the remainder of the day. Someone should remain at home with you for at least the first 24 hours, since you will still be sedated and recovering from anesthesia.

    If any questions arise after you have gone home, please contact your physician directly.