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Discharge Guidelines

You can find discharge guidelines for your specific surgery below. Your surgeon or nurse practitioner may give you additional instructions, but the PDFs below are very thorough and informative.

Please note: These are general guidelines to help answer the most common questions after surgery. The photos in these guidelines WILL NOT necessarily match your exact surgical site. Your surgeon/team may ADAPT these guidelines depending on YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS and/or current research.

Biopsy: Soft Tissue

Biopsy: Bone

Benign Soft Tissue

Upper Extremity: Upper Arm/Forearm/Hand
Lower Extremity: Thigh/Leg/Foot

Benign Bone

Upper Extremity: Humerus/Radius-Ulna/Hand
Lower Extremity: Femur/Tibia-Fibula/Foot

Malignant Soft Tissue

Upper Extremity: Upper Arm/Forearm/Hand
Lower Extremity: Thigh/Leg/Foot

Malignant Bone

Upper Extremity: Shoulder/Humerus/Radius-Ulna/Hand
Lower Extremity: Hip/Femur/Knee/Tibia-Fibula

Spine/Pelvis: Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar/Pelvis/Sacrum

Metastatic Disease

Upper Extremity: Humerus/Forearm
Lower Extremity: Femur/Tibia


Upper Extremity: Upper Arm/Forearm/Hand
Lower Extremity: Femur/Tibia-Fibula/Foot


Upper Extremity
Lower Extremity

After Discharge from Mass General

When discussing your discharge, the terminology you will hear is “post acute level of care.” This means figuring out where you will be discharged to following your surgery at Mass General. Placement decision is based on:

  • Assessment of a patient’s individual clinical needs
  • Plans for ongoing treatment pre- and post-discharge
  • Patient/family/responsible person choices and input
  • Interdisciplinary team input
  • Available post-hospital care options
  • Available insurance/financial resources
graphic showing the different levels following discharge from the hospital

You and your care team will determine what’s best for your needs in order to maximize your level of function and independence.

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