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Discharge Instructions

After Your Discharge

You will be given specific written instructions regarding your care upon discharge from the Center. It is important to have your caregiver available during the post-procedure discharge instructions, as you may experience difficulty remembering those instructions due to the type of anesthesia you may receive.

For your comfort and safety, we recommend:

  • You have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours following your procedure.
  • Take it easy until your doctor says you can return to your normal routine.
  • Do not drive, operate machinery or power tools, drink alcoholic beverages, or take any medications not prescribed by your doctor for at least 24 hours following surgery.
  • It is natural to experience some discomfort in the area of the operation. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness for the first 24 hours depending on the type of anesthesia you receive.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding diet, rest, and medication.
  • If you feel you are having problems after discharge, contact your doctor. If your doctor is not available, call the York Hospital Emergency Department at (717) 851-2311.
  • It is very important to remember you must have a responsible person to drive you home.
  • Taxi transportation is allowed only for patients having local anesthesia or if the patient is accompanied by an escort.
  • If you have any questions, you may contact the Center at (717) 741-8250 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You may be contacted by Press Ganey, a nationally known research firm engaged by WellSpan Health, to follow up with you regarding the care you received during your stay. Your comments are very important to us and will help us improve our services and provide the finest care in outpatient surgery in York County.

A member of the Surgical Center staff will call you one to two business days after your procedure to check on how you are doing. If your procedure is on Friday, you will be called on Monday. If you prefer not to be contacted, please let us know before you are discharged.