Recovery Room

Helpful Information

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.

While you are in the PACU, the physician will meet with your family to inform them of your progress and answer any questions. If your visitors would like to take a break and get something to eat after the physician has spoken with them, they are encouraged to do so. Please let the patient visitor representative at the desk in the waiting area know of your plans to leave the waiting area. You may be asked to supply your cell phone number in the event we need to call you back to 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.


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