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After surgery

  • After your surgery

    • You are taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where a registered nurse cares for you as the effects of anesthesia or sedation wear off.
    • Your nurse is at your bedside to help you. He or she will monitor you and treat pain or nausea, if present.
    • You may not remember many of the events on the day of surgery due to the medications administered, but don't be alarmed if you experience this.
    • Understanding and remembering all the information you need to know after being discharged from a hospital after surgery, delivery or illness can be confusing. MyChart¬†provides online access once you get home to view the reason for your hospital visit.

    If you are going home on the day of your surgery

    • Arrange for a responsible adult to be present at the hospital during your surgery and to take you home if you are discharged on the same day as your surgery.¬† You will not be allowed to drive yourself. If you have not made these arrangements prior to your arrival your surgical procedure may be cancelled. When you go home, a family member or friend should stay with you overnight.
    • You stay in the hospital until you are awake and pain and nausea is adequately controlled.
    • Your nurse goes over written home care instructions with you and the family member or friend who will be with you.
    • It's important to have someone available to stay with you or to check on you the first 24 hours after your surgery.

    If you are being admitted to the hospital

    • You remain in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) until you are ready to go to your room.
    • A staff member transports your belongings to your room.
    • Family and friends are welcome to visit you in your hospital room.
    • Your doctor writes orders for pain and nausea medication, which the nurses will administer.
    • Talk to your nurse if you are experiencing pain or nausea.
    • If you experience any problems, call your surgeon.
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
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