What to Expect Before and After Robotic Surgery

Before Surgery

  • Patients are encouraged to walk and eat regular foods the day of surgery.
  • Medications for pain, nausea, and bloating are given through the IV, or by mouth.
  • Surgery times vary from about 1-2 hours, to 4-5 hours for very complex cases.
  • We stay in touch with your family during the surgery by pager. We will also meet with them in person after your surgery is done.

After Surgery

  • Most patients spend about 1-2 hours in the post-surgical recovery unit. If an overnight stay is needed, they are transferred to our post-operative floor. We wil let your family know by pager when they can see you.
  • Most patients are ready to go home the day after surgery. Our team will meet with you in the morning to see when you can go home.
  • Patients often feel mild to moderate bloating  due to the medications used during surgery. Anti-gas medications and walking will help.
  • On discharge, you will go home with a prescription for medications. If you have a problem with these medicines, please call our office.
  • We will tell you when to return for a postoperative check up when you are discharged. These are usually 1-2 weeks after surgery.

At Home

  • Try to stay active. You may have some discomfort or feel tired, but walking slowly wil help you recover.
  • Eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water to speed healing.
  • Try to get plenty of sleep each night.
  • Many patients srop taking pain medications in the first week after surgery, but taking them before bedtime can help keep you comfortable.
  • Do not strain or lift anything over 20 pounds.
  • You can drive in the first few days after surgery if you are not taking narcotic pain medications.
  • Most patients can return to work in about 2 weeks. If your work involves heavy lifting or other strenuous activity, it is best to wait 6 weeks.
  • In general, post surgical discomfort, nausea, and bloating should decrease each day. If pain worsens or becomes severe, fever develops, or bleeding from the incisions is noted, please call our office right away. If it is after hours the hospital operator can page a member of our on-call team.