When you are ready to be discharged, a nursing staff will go over any instructions on diet, medicine, and care of your incision. You will be clearly told what things or activities you should avoid and for how long. You will also be told how to get in touch with the hospital if you have any problems such as fever, infection, bleeding, acute pain, etc. After completing the discharge formalities, you can go home. Please ensure that there is someone to drive you back home safely. If you have had major inpatient surgery, it will most likely take a month or more before you are ready to resume your normal schedule. Minor operations require less recovery time, but you may need to cut back on certain activities for a while.
Frequently Asked Questions
All the billing at MGM Cancer Institute is centrally administered by the Billing Department. The billing department works with the family, caregivers and/or the individual right from the pre-admission stage in ensuring that the billing can happen in a hassle-free and efficient manner. The team will take all possible measure to help the family understand the relevant costs and modes of payments, including insurance claims, to ensure there are no surprises eventually. The endeavor is to provide ailing individuals and/or family member convenience and comfort to concentrate on the well-being while leaving the financial paperwork for us.
Here is a list of questions you may ask your health care professional before leaving the hospital:
- When are the medicines that I should take and when? Can I take vitamins, supplements, herbs, etc that I was taking earlier?
- What should I do if I experience any acute pain, infection, fever, bleeding, etc?
- When should I come back for a review?
- What will happen to my stitches or staples?
- What should be my diet during the recovery period? Are there foods that I should eat or avoid?
- When and how can I take a bath?
- Can I lift weight? Can I bend over?
- When can I start driving and when can I go back to work?
- When can I have sex again?
- How long will it take to recover?
As a care given of the patient getting discharge, please collect information by speaking to the doctors and nursing staff and ensure that the following is taken care of:
- You have collected the discharge summary and other reports,
- You have handled insurance and billing,
- You have understood what kind of care should be given at home,
- You know when you have to bring the patient back for review and any follow up care at the hospital,
- You know what you should do in case of any emergency at home and
- You know what are the medicines to be given.