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Your Recovery

What Happens Right After My Surgery?

While in the operating room, you will be transferred to a special bed, then wheeled to the recovery room. There, nurses frequently check your blood pressure, pulse and respiration rate. Medications for pain or nausea may be administered. Since many patients feel slightly disoriented after surgery, your nurse will first assure you that the surgery is completed and that you are safe in the recovery room. You will remain here from 30 minutes to one hour. Then you will be transferred to the patient care area where your family member or friend may join you. If you have no nausea, you will be given water, apple juice or carbonated beverages.

How Will I Feel?

Most patients feel a bit groggy, light-headed, dizzy, sore and slightly nauseated. How you feel depends on the complexity of your procedure, how long you were in the operating room, your pain threshold and what type of anesthesia you were given. Each person responds differently to surgery and the effect of anesthesia. It is important to communicate with your nurse and let her know if you need pain medication or have special concerns.

How Soon Can I Return Home?

Once your vital signs are stable, you feel comfortable and alert, and your nurse determines that your condition meets all discharge criteria, you may return home when you feel ready. You may not be completely pain-free. Most patients spend an average of one hour and a half to two hours in their room. Time may vary depending on the type of anesthesia used, the length of time spent in the operating room, and your individual response.

What If I Don’t Feel Ready To Go Home?

Once all discharge criteria are met, you may return home. If you wish to remain at the center a bit longer, however, simply ask your nurse. She will be glad to discuss this option with you.

We do recommend that you leave before the effects of your anesthesia wear off completely. This helps reduce pain for the trip home, and allows you to fall asleep more easily and rest more comfortable once you return home. Studies show that the familiar surroundings of home actually help speed recovery and reduce the need for pain medication.

Arrange for Pickup

Please make arrangements for the day of your surgery to have a responsible person drive you home and you must have a responsible person in attendance for the first 24 hours.

The Surgery Centers DO NOT have any method of transportation to take you home after your surgery.