From the operating room, you will be moved to our recovery room and monitored by a specially trained post-operative care nurse. Medications for pain relief will be given under the direction of the anesthesiologist. You will remain in recovery until you meet the criteria for discharge.

Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but usually lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour. Some anesthesia can influence your time in recovery; but the primary factor is your medical status.

When you are ready for discharge, you can have your companions rejoin you in our consultation room to review discharge instructions with your doctor.

At Home

While we use shorter acting anesthesia medication, there may be some residual effect for the first 24 hours following surgery. That is why it is important for you to rest for the first 24 hours under the observation of a responsible adult who can follow up on the discharge orders and monitor your progress. During that time, do not drive a vehicle, make any important decisions or drink any alcohol.

For the length of time that you take any additional oral, narcotic pain medications, you may continue to feel sedated, even after the anesthesia has worn off. Don’t drink any alcohol as long as you are taking narcotic pain medication.

If you experience any complications or adverse side effects, contact your doctor or call 911. We will call you the next day to check how you are doing. Continue to rest until you are fully recovered, following your doctor’s instructions for return to routines and activities.

We wish you a full and speedy recovery.