The nursing staff will assess your condition according to certain criteria and plan your departure. You will receive your prescriptions, a personalized lesson from the nursing staff, and documents containing your surgeon’s recommendations and postoperative care information specific to your surgery. Finally, you will be allowed to leave the CMC accompanied by your companion. If you have been hospitalized, your departure must take place before 10 am.

If you undergo day surgery and do not live close to the CMC, we recommend you spend the first night at a nearby hotel or at a loved one’s who lives in the area. Please discuss this with your surgeon’s secretary. 

Medications used during surgery and those that will be prescribed to you to reduce pain can impair your reflexes and cause drowsiness. For security reasons, you must be accompanied when you leave the CMC. We also strongly advise you to be accompanied for the first 24 hours after your departure and to postpone all important decisions until another day. If you are taking narcotics, it is forbidden to operate a motor vehicle.

If you are not taking narcotics, it is still strongly advised to not drive for 72 hours after surgery.

For more information, check with your car insurance company.

Unless otherwise directed by your surgeon, you may resume taking your regular medications as soon as you go home. You should avoid medications containing aspirin for 15 days following your surgery in order to reduce the risk of bleeding. Please see the section entitled « Be prepared: Medications to Avoid ».

  • Take a bath or shower after your surgery according to your surgeon’s recommendations.
  • Leave your dressings in place and remove them according to your surgeon’s recommendations.

Wound infection:

  • Redness;
  • Heat;
  • Discharge;
  • Swelling;
  • Pain;
  • Fever (higher than 38.5°C) and chills.


  • Heavy bleeding;
  • Loss of consciousness;
  • Inability to urinate;
  • Pain not relieved by pain medication prescribed by your surgeon;
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting;
  • Fever (higher than 38.5°C) and chills.

Emergency and follow-up

If one of the complications outlined in the “Potential Complications, Signs and Symptoms” section presents itself, please:

  • Contact your surgeon or;
  • Go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital or;
  • Call 911.

For any other questions, contact your surgeon.

It is important to go to your follow-up appointment with your surgeon. This represents an opportune time to discuss any persistent difficulties, your concerns, and the timing of your return to work.