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After Your Surgery

After your procedure, you will 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 home. After your procedure, the physician may speak with the friend or family member that accompanied you about the outcome of your procedure, so it is important for this person to remain in the building.


Your 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.


Going Home


You will be evaluated prior to discharge to determine that you are ready to leave Madison Surgery Center (MSC). Your physician will provide instructions about diet, rest, exercise and medications. You will be discharged once you and your 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 an 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 provide you with a patient satisfaction questionnaire that you may complete at MSC or take home and mail to us. 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. Please notify us if the telephone number we should use to contact you for follow-up after your surgical procedure is different from the contact information verified at the time of admission.