Discharge Instructions

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-operative 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 following guidelines:

  • You have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours following surgery.

  • Take it easy until your physician 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 physician 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 physician's instructions regarding diet, rest, and medication.

  • If you feel you are having problems after discharge, contact your physician. If your doctor is not available, call the WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Emergency Department at (717) 337-4357.

  • 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) 338-4500 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire on 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 Adams County.

A member of the Surgical Center staff will call you the day after your surgery to check on how you are doing. If your surgery is on Friday, you will be called on Monday. If you prefer not to be contacted, please let us know before you are discharged. If we are unable to contact you by telephone, we will send you a survey with questions about your postoperative experience. Please make sure you return this survey if you receive it since it is very important that we complete your medical records. 

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