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. Allina Health Account (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.
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Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)