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After Surgery
Getting in Touch with the OSC
Pain Management

After Surgery  

Your nurse and/or surgeon will give you instructions before you go home after surgery. They will review them with you and your escort, family member, or friend as well as give you a written copy 

For a safe, effective recovery, you must:  

  • Have a reliable adult present to drive you home after surgery 
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery and help you around the house or with getting your prescriptions filled 
  • Not drive for 24 hours after anesthesia 

Getting in Touch with the OSC After Surgery

If you have questions about your discharge instructions or medications, please call your surgeon’s office at the number provided on your discharge paperwork. However, on the day after your surgery, you will also be contacted by the Mass General OSC team via text message to respond to a text-based survey. In the survey, you can indicate if you would like to receive a call from the OSC staff. Remember, you can always call to speak to a recovery room nurse at the OSC. We are available Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you had surgery in the Blue Building, please call 781-487-6950. If you had surgery in Green Building, please call 781-487-2900. If it is a weekend, holiday, or after hours, please contact your surgeon’s office.

Pain Management 

You may get a prescription for pain medication from your surgeon. Do not drive while taking prescription pain medication. Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medication. 

FAQs: Nerve Block Catheter and Pump

The anesthesiology team at the Mass General Outpatient Surgery Center in Waltham answer: What is a nerve block catheter and pump? How do I take care of them at home? If I need help, who do I call?