If you were given a local anesthetic during surgery, you will probably be taken directly back to your room. If you had a general anesthetic, you will be taken to the Recovery Room where you will be attended to by a registered nurse until you are awake and stable. The nurse will frequently check your blood pressure, pulse, and surgery site. It is normal to spend 30-90 minutes or more in recovery, depending on the type of surgery. Keep in mind that in the recovery area we will be responsible for monitoring your recovery from anesthesia; the recovery from your surgical procedure or endoscopy procedure will be at home.
When you are back in your room, you will be offered fluids to drink. There you will also be given an After Care Instruction Sheet to follow according to your doctor’s orders.
You cannot be discharged home alone if you were sedated or received a general anesthetic. You must have a responsible adult accompany you home from the hospital and stay with you for 24 hours. Your coordination, judgement and ability to react may be impaired for a time after surgery. You should not drive a motor vehicle for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
If, for any reason, you are not well enough to leave the hospital, you may be kept overnight. If you are kept overnight, you will be moved to a different room.
Your surgeon may have prescribed pain medication for you to take during your recovery from surgery. Please be aware that these medications may cause stomach irritation. We recommend that you take your pain medication with food in order to avoid stomach upset. If you have other questions about medication interactions, please call your doctor or pharmacist.
At home after surgery
It is important that you follow your physician’s orders and the orders outlined on the After Care Instruction Sheet or Discharge Instruction Sheet you receive when you are discharged. If you go home the day of your surgery, a nurse from the hospital will call you the day after your surgery to see how you are doing. Do not hesitate to call your physician if you have any questions.