Recovering from Surgery
Your support continues after you’re discharged. Our team will help you and your family plan for a safe transition home or to the next level of care. Some of our patients—especially those under 18 or over 65—may receive follow-up communication from our staff to check if additional help or guidance is needed. Prescription medications can be filled at the Cape Cod Healthcare Pharmacy in the lobbies of Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital prior to discharge.
After discharge from the hospital
After discharge, be sure to follow the instructions regarding post-operative care for your specific procedure. Get plenty of rest and take any prescribed medication. For at least 24 hours after your discharge, refrain from driving, using power tools, making decisions, exercising vigorously, smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. A nurse will call you on the next business day after your discharge to see how you are doing and answer any questions.
We’re invested in your total care
For post-surgical care and rehabilitation, Cape Cod Healthcare offers in-patient rehabilitation therapies at the JML Care Center in Falmouth. This 132-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility is located on the Falmouth Hospital campus.
JML provides on-site therapeutic services in orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary, stroke and complex medical care with clinicians who work with your physician to attain your best possible outcome – and get you back to your life.
The VNA of Cape Cod is available for at-home care across Cape Cod, including nursing and rehabilitation services.
Common Reactions to Surgery
It is not uncommon to experience a number of emotional and intellectual reactions after major surgery. Feelings of fear, uncertainty, confusion and discouragement are some natural reactions to an event that may seem out of your control. Patients often experience sleep and appetite disruptions or difficulty concentrating. Family members may experience similar reactions.
The more you and your family are aware that these feelings are normal and temporary, the smoother your recovery will go. When your emotions appear to interfere with actions that promote recovery, it’s important to talk to a member of your healthcare team who can help you get additional support. We’re here to guide and assist you in all aspects of our health, including helping you access the resources you need.