What Happens Immediately after Surgery?
After your surgery is complete, you will be transferred to the PACU. This area of the hospital is where every surgical patient goes post-operative. You will be evaluated by Dr. Song as well as trained hospital staff that will monitor your condition. As you slowly recover from anesthesia, your vital signs, neurological status and motor function will be accessed regularly. Many patients will notice a dramatic improvement in their symptoms they had pre-operatively. Once the PACU staff feels you are stable for transfer, you will be moved to a more private setting either in the ICU, Step down ICU or Neurosurgical/Ortho floor. At this point, our main goal will be for you to start a clear liquid diet and to control your pain and other post-operative symptoms (nausea, drowsiness). As your condition improves, you will be asked to increase your ambulation and to start oral medication for your symptoms. Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy will be available to help you to recovery. Your incision and drain will be evaluated daily for any abnormalities. If you had a Foley catheter placed in your bladder post-operative, this will be removed once you are up and around. You will be discharged home when the hospital staff and your family decide it is safe to do so, usually within 1–5 days.
Advanced Neurosurgery clinics in Reno and Carson City are available Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5pm. The phone number is (775) 323-6100. When calling after business hours, your call will be forwarded to an On-Call Staff member. These calls will be returned as soon as possible. If for some reason you have not heard back from our office or On-Call staff, go to the nearest Emergency Room for Evaluation at once.
Call Our Office if you have: Fever of 101.5 degrees or higher, difficulty breathing/chest pain, postural headache, a sudden increase in severe pain, numbness or weakness, loss of bowel or bladder control, drainage from your incision (other than occasional spotting of blood). One rare complication of surgery is internal bleeding. One of the complications of this rare occurrence is compression or increased pressure on your spinal cord. This will cause your symptoms to drastically worsen.
FMLA, Disability and/or Work Notes
If your employer or disability carrier requires you to have any paperwork filled out for leave/vacation/sick time during the recovery period from surgery, that needs to be filled out by our office we will need 10 working business days to complete the paperwork. Our office is open from 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. The paperwork can be dropped off at any time during the day in Reno, mailed to the Reno office, or faxed to (775) 323-6118. If you would like to drop the paperwork off in our Carson City office we are there on Fridays from 8:30AM–5:00 PM and close for lunch from 12:00–12:30PM. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at (775) 323-6100.