Patient Post-Op Instructions

You may not drive yourself home after surgery. A family member or friend must drive you home.

You will stay at the center for approximately 2 hours after the surgery is completed. Please have your family member or friend prepared to stay at the center during surgery. This will allow the physician to see this person if desired.

Eat a light diet for the first 24 hours after surgery. It is advisable that you have a reasonable adult with you for at least 12 hours after you arrive home. (It may be longer if recommended by your physician).

Follow any specific home care instructions you receive after your surgery.

The Medical staff will discharge you when they are assured you are in stable condition. HOWEVER, you could still feel sleepy, slightly dizzy, or nauseated. These are possible and normal side effects of anesthesia and can last for 12-24 hours.

Wait at least 24 hours after you arrive home to:

  • Drive
  • Operate any equipment
  • Sign any important documents
  • Drink any alcoholic beverages
  • Take any medicine not prescribed or acknowledged by your surgeon

After 12-24 hours:

If any problems occur after you arrive you should contact your doctor’s office at: Senta Medical Clinic (619) 810-1202.

Below are more specific instructions for your surgery post care:

Post-Operative Instructions for Adenoidectomy
Post-Operative Instructions for Tonsillectomy
Post-Operative Instructions for Ear Surgery (Tympanoplasty)
Post-Operative Instructions for Intranasal (Septoplasty, Turbinectomy) and Functional Sinus Surgeries (FSS)
Post-Operative Instructions for Intranasal (Septoplasty, Turbinectomy) and Functional Sinus Surgeries (FESS)
Post-Operative Instructions for Nasal Septal Reconstruction (NSR) / Nasal Fracture (ORNF, CRNF) / Rhinoplasty
Post-Operative Instructions for Closed Reduction Nasal Fracture
Post-Operative Instructions Frenuloplasty
Post-Operative Instructions Otoplasty
Post-Operative Instructions for PE tube removal with Gelfoam Patch Myringoplasty
Post-Operative Instructions for Scar Revision and Skin Surgery
Post-Operative Instructions for Wound Care