After Surgery

Whether you are having inpatient or outpatient surgery, you will first go to PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) after surgery. Here you will be monitored while you come out of anesthesia.

After PACU, you will be moved into the Post-Op area. You will be monitored again, given something to drink and a light snack. Your family/friend will be brought back to your room to go over care instructions before leaving the hospital.
If you are having inpatient surgery (Only offered at our OrthoIndy Hospital Main), you will go up to a room on the inpatient floor (second floor). Depending on the type of surgery you have, you will be at the hospital for a couple of days to be monitored.  

Your OrthoIndy surgeon will review your surgical findings and recovery plan with your family or friends right after surgery but may not review them with you until your first or second post-operative clinic visit.

Pain Medication

There are many kinds of pain medications or pain management therapies that you may be given to help manage your pain after surgery, which include: prescription pain medications, anti-inflammatories, peripheral nerve blacks, cold therapy and relaxation/massage therapy. 

Physical Therapy

For individuals whose surgery require an overnight stay, the physical therapy staff will initiate the rehab process per each physician's protocols. With their assistance, the majority of our patients are able to return home with a level of independence they did not know was achievable.
For more information, please visit the Inpatient Physical Therapy page.


If you had inpatient surgery your discharge needs will be addressed by nursing, case management and your surgeon. Outpatient surgery patients should plan ahead to have family or friends help you with your needs after surgery. 

Once you are home from surgery, the nurses at OrthoIndy Hospital will attempt to contact you the following business day after surgery to evaluate your recovery process.

The following downloads will help you prepare for after surgery.



Pain Relief Options
Pain Relief Strategies
Nerve Blocks for Pain Management
Discharge Planning

Safety After Surgery
Medications After Surgery

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