What happens once I am discharged after head and neck surgery?

Most patients will require some assistance after discharge. Home health care is often necessary. Depending on your condition, a short stay at a nursing facility may be an option but most often this is not necessary.

If there is a family member or friend that can help you, your doctor will provide them with instructions regarding your recovery period. If you live alone, you may need some care after your head and neck surgery until you’ll be able to manage on your own. There are support services available for patients in this situation. Typically patients have some side effects from the general anesthesia and the surgery. You should take time off from work to allow yourself time to rest and recover.

Steps to follow for a better recovery

  • Good nutrition - following a healthy diet plan to help you get back to your normal activities.
  • Follow any swallowing advice from your speech and language therapist.
  • Ask your health professional if you need, for support to help quit smoking.
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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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