After your operation, you will rest in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) until you are ready to go home or be transferred to one of our patient care units for further care. Ambulatory patients should plan to wait at least one hour following surgery.
If you received sedation or general anesthesia, you should have someone stay with you at home the first night after surgery. Be good to yourself and take it easy until your physician recommends that you return to your usual routine. Follow your physician's instructions regarding diet, rest, and medication. Do not drive, operate machinery or tools, drink alcoholic beverages or take any medications not prescribed by your physician for at least 24 hours following surgery. It is natural to experience discomfort at the surgical site. It's also natural to feel some dizziness or drowsiness after treatment or surgery. If you feel you are having medical problems after discharge, contact your physician. If your physician is unavailable, call the Emergency Department at 718-267-4285.
A member of our staff will contact you within a few days after your surgery to see how you are doing. A member of our Patient Service Team may also call you about your experience as a patient. We strive to provide the very best service and care, and this information helps us to improve your experience. Let us know if you prefer not to be contacted.
Fees will be charged by a variety of providers, not just the hospital. In addition to the hospital bill, you may receive bills from your surgeon, the assistant, pathologist, cardiologist, radiologist and anesthesiologist. You may also incur fees for special equipment, implants, tests and treatments.