What is postoperative care?

Postoperative care is the care you receive after undergoing a surgical procedure.

The type of postoperative care you need depends on the type of surgery you have, as well as your health history. Postoperative care also includes pain management and wound care.

Postoperative care begins immediately after surgery. It lasts until your recovery. Before the surgery, your doctor should teach you how to prepare for the surgery, inform you how the surgery will affect your body and what you should do after the procedure. Ask your doctor for instructions.