After Your Surgery
After your procedure, you will either return to your room or be moved to our fully equipped recovery room where the anesthesiologist (if applicable) and our recovery room nurses will observe you closely until you are ready to go back to your room and get ready for discharge. After your procedure, the physician may speak with the responsible adult, friend or family member that accompanied you about the outcome, so it is important for this person to remain in the building.
Your responsible adult, friend or family may join you in the recovery room as soon as deemed medically appropriate. They will be involved in your post-operative education to help optimize your recovery after you leave our facility. The time a patient stays in the recovery room varies depending on the procedure performed and the physician’s instructions.
You will be evaluated prior to discharge to determine that you are ready to leave Madison Surgery Center (MSC). Your physician and nursing staff will provide instructions about diet, rest, exercise and medications. You will be discharged once you, your responsible adult, friend or family have been given written home care instructions. These instructions will include your physician’s contact information. UW Health Pharmacy is conveniently located on the first floor of 1 S. Park and can fill your prescription while you are recovering from your surgical procedure (if applicable).
If you had anesthesia and/or pain medications, please arrange for a responsible adult to remain with you at home for at least 24 hours. Since it is normal to feel drowsy after receiving an anesthetic, we also recommend that you postpone the following activities for 24 hours after discharge:
- Driving and operating equipment
- Signing important papers
- Making significant decisions
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
Important decisions should be delayed until you have made a complete recovery. You should plan to go home immediately from the recovery area and rest for the remainder of the day with a responsible adult to assist you. We will email you with a patient satisfaction questionnaire that you may complete at home. We use the survey results to improve our services for patients. We appreciate and value your comments.
Madison Surgery Center is not open 24 hours a day. If you experience any difficulties or problems after discharge, please refer to your discharge instructions as to how best to contact your physician. If you experience an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care facility.
When to Call the Doctor
Call the doctor immediately if you experience:
- Excessive bleeding
- Pain that is not relieved by medication
- Fever over 100.0°F (by mouth) for two readings taken four hours apart
- If incision or drain sites become more painful, swollen, red and/or feel warmer than usual
- Any drainage or bleeding from your incision
- Problems with nausea and vomiting
- Problems urinating or emptying your bladder
Communicating with Madison Surgery Center
The next business day, you may receive a call from one of our nurses to check on your progress and answer any questions you may have. If you have not spoken with a nurse by the end of the next business day, please contact us at (608) 287-2200. Please notify us if the telephone number we should use to contact you for a follow-up after your surgical procedure is different from the contact information verified at the time of admission.