Please review the following information to help you have the best possible experience before, during and after your procedure.
This information is designed to help you and your family better understand what occurs after surgery
Following a procedure, patients may go to the Recovery Room which is called the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). During recovery, there are certain concerns that the Recovery Room staff must address, including shivering, pain control, nausea control, patient wakefulness and adequate oxygenation.
The length of time that it takes for recovery and to make a patient comfortable can vary greatly from patient to patient
The average recovery stay is 30 minutes to three hours, depending on the procedure.
To ensure patient privacy, visitors are sometimes asked to remain in the waiting room.
Very young surgical patients may require a parent to stay with them while in the PACU.
If your physician uses local anesthetic, a stay in the PACU may be minimal.
Due to the increase in our patient population, there is also the possibility that you may be held in the PACU for an extended period of time before an inpatient bed assignment becomes available. Under these circumstances, the PACU staff will accommodate a brief family visit. This will depend on the level of care needed by other patients in the area.
If you are to go home after your procedure, following your stay in the PACU area, the following criteria must be met
Pain and nausea must be controlled.
You must regain your preambulatory status (walking or wheelchair).
You must be able to urinate.
Your surgical area (if applicable) must be without excessive bleeding.
SOMEONE MUST DRIVE YOU HOME.