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Post-Operative Recovery

After the conclusion of your surgery you will usually be moved to the PACU, or Post Anesthesia Care Unit, which is commonly called the “Recovery Room”.  This will most likely be the first thing you remember after your surgery.  Here you will be cared for by specially trained Recovery Nurses under the direction of your anesthesiologist.  These nurses are experts at monitoring, assuring adequate respiration, assessing and controlling any pain that you may be experiencing, controlling any nausea, and generally making you comfortable as you recover from the effects of your anesthetic. 

Everyone is different and responds to surgery differently. Your general health and the type and duration of surgery are major factors in recovery. In general many people are awake enough to answer questions within 5 – 10 minutes following surgery but may remain groggy for a several hours afterward.  Generally you spend about one hour in the recovery room before being progress either to the ward, if you are to be an in-patient, or in preparation for your discharge to home.

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