What to expect after outpatient surgery

Many patients worry about going home immediately after outpatient surgery.

Baptist Health Line nurses will attempt to call patients within 72 hours of surgery to make sure you are progressing normally. Our number, (270) 575-2918, is also on your discharge instructions. Feel free to call the nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week with your questions or concerns.

First of all, if your doctor feels like the risks outweigh the benefits, you will not be sent home. Some common complications that may cause you to stay overnight include uncontrollable vomiting, a reaction to anesthesia and the inability to urinate.

You will be sent home if you have no complications. The Outpatient Center nurses will make certain your pain is under control, you are not vomiting or it can be controlled with medication at home and you are able to get up. No one will be sent home without someone to drive them.

You will leave Western Baptist Hospital with a set of discharge instructions. Those instructions usually discuss when you can remove your dressing, what your activity level should be, what medicines you are to take and when to return to the doctor.

Besides Baptist Health Line, your doctor is always available as well. Even after hours, you can reach your doctor or the doctor on call by calling the office number and following the emergency directions.

Phone the Baptist Health Line 24/7 at (270) 575-2918 if you have questions about any health condition, even if you’ve never been a patient at Western Baptist. Our nurses also can answer your questions here.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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