Do NOT be shy about letting your nurse know what you need. Pain medications, anti-nausea medications, adjustments to your bed position, whatever it is you need be sure to vocalize that with your team. Your body will heal more quickly the more comfortable you are.
Do your lung and breathing exercises if recommended by your doctor. Don’t skip even if it feels silly.
Get specific instructions on post-operative range-of-motion and other exercises—what is recommended, what is allowed and what is not.
Ask questions when it comes to your discharge instructions. Be sure you know what to do for your wound care routine, any restrictions you might have. Ask about medication timing and limitations prior to being discharged. It will be in writing from the nurse or doctor on your discharge sheet but it never hurts to have someone go over it verbally with you.
Always, always, always follow your doctor’s orders!
Use a pillow under the car safety belt to make your ride home more comfortable.