Jason M. Gallina MD PC

Specialist in artificial disc replacement, non-fusion surgery and minimally invasive surgery

820 2nd Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10017
541 Cedar Hill Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Phone: 212-616-4130 | Fax: 212-983-0483

FAQs — Post-Op: What you should know after surgery and before being discharged

After Surgery:

Medications after surgery:

  • Know what medications you are taking.

  • Be able to identify your pills before swallowing with the nurse.

  • Your regular medications may look different in the hospital. They may have different colors and shapes

  • Never bring medication from home.

  • All medication will be provided by in the hospital.

Moving around your room:

  • Ask for help to prevent falls. Follow Dr. Gallina’s instructions exactly about movement, ambulation, etc.

  • Remember, surgery and post-op medicine can render even an elite athlete weak, unsteady, and prone to falling.

  • Some medicine you are given, as well as the IV fluids, may create a need to empty your bladder frequently. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Ask for help early, before it is urgent. Allow sufficient time for busy staff to get to you. Do not go alone without Dr. Gallina’s permission.

  • Remember, serious falls occur when patients try to be independent, against instructions.

  • Many individuals may need more help at night than during the day. Be sure to turn on the lights, wear glasses, and never get up or out of bed against medical advice.

  • All wheelchairs should be securely locked before getting in and out.

  • Remember hot water in a shower can lower your blood pressure, and contribute to a dizzy/fainting episode.

  • Keep your bedside table close to your bed, so that personal articles, the phone, and the call button are always within reach. Food trays should also be set up so that they are easily accessible.

Staying well in the hospital:

  • Encourage visitors to wash their hands before and after visits to avoid infection.

  • Discourage individuals with the flu or other infections from visiting. Children are also frequent carriers of infection.

At Discharge:

  • Instructions will be given to you prior to leaving by the nurse.

  • If you don’t understand the instructions, ask questions.

  • Have a family member present to help recall what was said.

  • Take notes and specifically remember when you are scheduled to see Dr. Gallina again.

  • Get information concerning bandages, bathing, ambulation, when it is permissible to be alone in the house, and when you are capable of driving a motor vehicle.

  • Make sure you know about all the medication that has been prescribed for you.

  • Be sure someone is available to have prescriptions filled for you, and to help you in other ways.

  • Home bathroom trips can be dangerous. Sleeping pills, and pain medication can contribute to balance problems, dizziness, and falls.

  • Blood loss from the surgery can also contribute to dizziness especially when you first stand up.

  • It is best therefore, to get up slowly, and stand still at the bedside for a few moments before walking.

  • Always use your eyeglasses. Be sure there is sufficient light in the room.

  • Be sure that slippery rugs have been removed.

  • If anything happens which is confusing, or doesn't seem right to you, call the doctor’s office for advice.