After your stay in the hospital is over and you are released to go home, make sure you have a comfortable transportation option-- ideally a sedan or similar vehicle that is easy to get in and out of. Depending on what type of surgery you’ve undergone, you may need to request help with preparing meals, cleaning, and other regular household tasks. To aid your maneuverability, consider getting a toilet raiser, a “grabber” for reaching items without having to stand up, and slip on shoes. A cane or walker may also be necessary at first.

Driving is inadvisable for several weeks after your operation, due to the narcotic pain medication prescribed, so having someone available to help you with transportation is highly recommended. However, you won’t be confined to bed during the recovery period. An exercise or physical therapy routine may be suggested to help you get the best results. Depending on the type of procedure, Dr. Walpert will give you specific instructions to help you recover as quickly and painlessly as possible.

As always, we sincerely recommend that you do not smoke or drink after your surgery. Doing so may interfere with your body’s healing process and may cause serious complications.