After surgery, your nurse and anesthesia provider will take you to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), also known as the recovery room. You will receive immediate, careful monitoring while you recover from your anesthesia. When your PACU nurse feels it is appropriate, a family member will be invited to join you. Your physician may also visit with you about your procedure results during this time.
In the PACU
- You will be watched closely and your vital signs will be frequently monitored. This can include checking your blood pressure, temperature, oxygen levels and heart rate.
- You may feel cold and shiver as you wake up. Your nurse will give you a blanket and anything else you need to be comfortable.
- You will receive medication for pain and/or nausea if needed. Recovery time will vary depending on your condition, and you will be discharged from the hospital or transferred to a nursing unit once the PACU staff determines your status.
If you are going home on the day of your surgery, you will receive discharge instructions, and a nurse will call you after dismissal to check on your progress. If you are being admitted to the hospital, you will remain in the PACU until you are ready to go to your nursing unit. When you are released from the PACU, hospital staff will transport you and your belongings to your room. Family and friends can visit you during regular visiting hours.