Published: July 26, 2007
Updated: Nov. 11, 2010
Visitors are welcome, but please limit to two at a time. Children under the age of 12 are discouraged, except under special circumstances. Please check with your nurse.
If you are not being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after surgery, one person may stay with you overnight for assistance. This visitor will be permitted to sleep in the recliner. Overnight visitation requires a visitor pass after 9:00 p.m. -- the pass can be obtained from the unit secretary nightly.
Cell phones are not to be used in patient rooms, but may be used in the hall outside of the unit. Please be respectful of patients' privacy, and keep the noise level low in your room.
The expected length of stay is three nights with discharge the next morning by 11:00 a.m. For some patients, the medical condition may require a longer stay. Your doctor or Patient Resource Manager (PRM) will let you know if this happens.
Please make preparations with family or friends to arrive by 9:00 a.m. on the morning of discharge.
Everyone who is being discharged directly home will have a final physical therapy treatment session and instruction the morning of discharge. Written instructions will be provided by your nurse before you leave. It is helpful to have a family member or friend also present to discuss this information.
You will start on medication to prevent blood clots. Your surgeon will specify the blood clot medication based on your needs.
One common drug is Lovenox, a medication that is given by a shot through a tiny needle into the fatty tissue on the abdomen. This medication will need to be continued after you leave the hospital. If this is ordered, your nurse will teach you and another person of your choice about how to give this shot. It is simple and easy to learn.
The usual dose of Lovenox is 40 milligrams (mgm), once a day for 10 to 14 days. If you live in a small town, please check with your pharmacy to see if Lovenox is available. If it is not, please ask your local pharmacist to order it so you can obtain it when you get home.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your care, please let your doctor or nurse know. You may also contact Patient Visitor Relations (919-681-2020).