After Your Surgery
We wish you a smooth and swift recovery after surgery at Central DuPage Hospital.
Your family or friend is welcome to stay in one of our waiting areas while you are in surgery. Once your surgery is completed, the surgeon will speak directly to the family member or friend. For your privacy and confidentiality, information regarding your condition will be provided only to your designated contact person.
If you are having same-day (outpatient) surgery, we want to assure a good transition to recovery at home. You will receive written and verbal instructions before your discharge from the hospital. Because we are concerned about your well-being, a responsible adult must accompany you home from the hospital and remain with you for 24 hours after your procedure.
To manage incoming calls to the hospital, we recommend that you ask one person to contact other family and friends about your progress. This will help us care for you more efficiently.
If You Have Questions About Your Recovery
Sometimes, people have questions or concerns in the days after surgery. We encourage you to call your physician’s office with any questions you may have about your recovery, side effects or follow-up symptoms you may experience after surgery.
Pediatric Postoperative Period
As soon as your child is awake, you can be with him/her in the phase II recovery area. You will be able to stay with your child until it’s time for your child to go home.
It is normal for your child to be somewhat groggy for the rest of the day. Children often do not remember the experience. Despite our best efforts, your child may experience some nausea and vomiting. It is often a good idea to cut back on solid food intake the first night.
Occasionally, your child will need oral or rectal Tylenol or prescription pain medicine ordered by the surgeon, for post-operative pain control. Children usually recover from surgery more quickly than adults.
CDH also has a Child Life program to make your child's stay more comfortable.
Pediatric postoperative Pain Relief and Information
Tylenol may be all that is needed for pain relief. If stronger pain relief is needed, the anesthesiologist or surgeon will evaluate your child and recommend the appropriate pain relief technique or medication. You will receive complete written and oral instructions for your child’s recovery before you go home. A surgical nurse will call you within 24 hours after the procedure to inquire about your child’s recovery and answer any questions you may have.
Your Child’s Activity
Understand that there is probably no way to restrict your child’s activity after surgery. Children are very smart. If it hurts, your child will probably not do it. Children should be watched carefully for a full 24 hours after surgery.