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After Your Procedure
  • After the procedure, you will be moved to the Recovery Area where you will be closely monitored until you are ready to go home.
  • When you are fully awake, your family will be able to join you. Although the times may vary, most patients are discharged within three hours of arrival and under an hour after their procedure
  • Your physician will likely not speak with you after the procedure. The discharge conversation will be brief due to the fact that many people will not remember the conversation clearly. Even if you seem fully awake your memory may remain temporarily impaired. You should have follow-up with your physician in person or by telephone at some point after the procedure. Typically biopsy and procedure results are available by phone the week following the exam.
  • Judgment, coordination and memory may be affected for up to 24 hours. Until the day following your procedure, do not engage in strenuous activities, drink any alcoholic beverages, drive, or make any critical decisions. For some occupations (e.g. Pilot) a minimum of 24 hours may be recommended.
  • You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about the care you received. Your comments will enable us to continue to improve our services.
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