Recovering from Surgery

You will spend 1 to 4 hours in the recovery area after surgery. During that time your nurse will continue to monitor your vital signs and you may be asked to do deep breathing exercises.

Because your digestive system can move slowly following surgery, your usual diet may be altered for a period of time after your surgery. Your IV will be left in to provide fluids.

A nurse will also notify you when you are able to see visitors.
Review the Visitor Guidelines for Surgical Patients

Recovering from Anesthesia

Different types of anesthesia can cause side effects for different people. If you begin to feel any discomfort, dizziness or nausea, please tell your nurse. Medication may be available to minimize the discomfort.

Pain Management

Controlling your pain may improve your results after a procedure, and with less pain you can regain your strength more quickly. If your pain is not controlled or seems to be getting worse, tell your nurse right away as pain that doesn’t get better after you take medication may signal problem.

Take action as soon as the pain starts. It is more difficult to ease pain once it starts than it is to keep it under control. If you know your pain is likely to worsen before walking or exercising, take medicine before you begin those activities.

Take an Active Role in Treating Your Pain

Be sure you understand the pain you may experience. Ask questions such as: Where will the pain be? How long is it likely to last?

Discuss pain control options with your doctor, including methods that have or have not worked for you before, as well as medicines you take that may affect your method of pain control. Be sure to understand side effects that may occur with your treatment. Many non-drug treatments can also help control your pain.