Going Home

When can I go home?

Before you can go home, you’ll need to be able to drink fluids. After you’ve had enough to drink, your nurse will take your IV out. Removing the IV doesn’t hurt, but you’ll likely feel a little discomfort when the tape is pulled off of your skin.

Discharge procedure: Once you’re fully awake and comfortable, your nurse will help you get ready to go home. When you’re all set, one parent or guardian can bring you to the lobby in a wheelchair while the other gets the car. If you only have one adult with you, he or she can get the car and about 10 minutes later a nurse or clinical assistant will bring you to the lobby in a wheelchair. Although you may prefer to walk, everyone is discharged in a wheelchair.

The ride home: If you’re under 18, your parent or legal guardian must drive you home. If you’re 18 or older, you must arrange a ride from a parent or another adult. It’s a good idea to have a bottle of water and crackers available for your car ride home, because you’ll probably be thirsty and hungry. Many pain medications can cause you to feel queasy or nauseous if taken on an empty stomach. Some people vomit after anesthesia. If you feel sick before you leave the hospital, tell your nurse. You may be given special medicine to relieve your nausea. Have a pillow and blanket in the car so you’ll be comfortable on the ride home. Even though your belly may be tender, it’s still very important for you to wear your seatbelt.

Updated: 6/11/2013