@Barbaraj I hope I won’t spend more than a day. DD is staying over with me. She’ll shadow the PT/OT people, figure out how to spot me during the transfers, and get a sense for restrictions (if any). Once we get the safety precautions and pain meds dialed in, we’ll be out of there to get recovery started. @mainegirl1 It is great to receive treatment at an assembly line! We learned this in 2010, when DH had his aortic valve replaced. The facility had been designed by doctors to optimize every aspect of cardiac surgery and recovery - we felt the confidence and expertise of everyone who provided care. I wonder, too, what happens to surgery novices like your SIL who get so little in the way of support. How lucky she was to have family help! It sounds like you raised a good one .