The Hospital Stay
Most patients stay in the hospital two to three days after a laparoscopic procedure and approximately three to four days after an open procedure. You will be discharged when you are able to:
- Take enough liquids and nutrients by mouth to prevent dehydration
- Have no fever
- Have adequate pain control with medication
- Tolerate clear liquids
To help prevent blood clots, anti-embolism stockings or other compression devices will be placed on your legs, and your surgeon will require you to be up walking soon after surgery.
Depending on your medical condition, there is the possibility of being placed in the Intensive Care Unit to closely monitor your heart and lungs.
Patients who use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure for sleep apnea may be asked to bring their machines with them for use immediately after the operation.
Sunflowers For Your Safety
At Flagstaff Medical Center, we have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of our patients, including persons of size or those individuals who feel they may need a little extra support. Look for sunflower stickers on bathroom stalls and public furniture to indicate this furniture and equipment is safe for those who need additional support.