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Definition of Postoperative care

Postoperative care: Care given after surgery until the patient is discharged from the hospital or surgicenter and, in some cases, continuing on an ambulatory basis. Postoperative care is aimed at meeting the patient's physical and psychological needs directly after surgery.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=24272
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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