After Surgery – Preprosthetic Surgery

  • You will be taken to the recovery area. You will stay there for 1-4 hours depending on the length of your surgery.
  • The nurses will take your vital signs several times during your stay there. This is normal.
  • Medications will be given to make you comfortable, prevent nausea, and lessen facial swelling. These medications will be given to you by intravenous (IV) until you are drinking well.
  • A nurse will help you to the bathroom until you are steady on your feet.
  • You will have stitches near your waistline if bone was taken from your hip. These stitches are often covered by tape for several days. You may have a bandage over your thigh if skin was taken from there.
  • Once you are fully awake and comfortable, you will be taken to your hospital room if you are not able to go home.