It is important to follow all of your doctor’s instructions in the days leading up to your minimally invasive surgery.
The Day of Surgery
Your surgery will be performed in the surgical suites at Memorial Health University Medical Center, located at 4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah, Georgia.
Park in Lot A or use our free valet parking service located in front of the Day Surgery entrance. Please check in at Day Surgery.
After you check in, your nurse will perform any necessary pre-surgery tests. This may include checking your vital signs or collecting a blood sample. When it is time for surgery, you will receive anesthesia to ensure that you do not feel anything. Your surgeon will make several small (typically less than 1-inch) incisions to insert the minimally invasive surgery tools.
After completing the surgery, your surgeon will close the incisions with stitches or staples.
You will be taken to a recovery room where you will stay until you are fully awake. Nurses will watch you closely to ensure you do not have any complications. When your nurses see that you are okay, you will be able to go home (if you're having outpatient surgery) or you will be taken to your hospital room where you will stay for one or two nights. Throughout your stay, nurses will monitor your incisions and your vital signs. You will receive pain medication as needed. You will also be encouraged to get up and walk.
Discharge and Follow Up
If you are admitted to the hospital, the average length of stay after minimally surgery is one or two days. You will be asked to follow up with your surgeon within 10 to 14 days. Because every person’s body is different, you may require a longer or shorter hospital stay. You will be given specific guidelines to follow at home. Depending on the type of surgery you have, you may be asked to avoid tub baths, lifting, and strenuous exercise for a period of time. You will not be allowed to drive while you are taking pain medications.
Recovery and Moving On
Because minimally invasive surgery does not require large incisions, most people recover quickly. Keep in mind that healing and recovery times vary with each person. Your physician can help you decide when you’re ready to begin new tasks. It’s important to get plenty of rest after surgery. However, you should not spend all of your time in bed. You should get up and walk, spend time outside, and perform light tasks each day. Resume your normal activities, but be careful not to do too much too soon. Contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns.