Your length of stay with us will depend on what type of anesthesia you had and your personal needs.
Some of our patients will need close observation in a traditional recovery room where our staff of nurses and anesthesiologists will closely monitor you and attend to your needs. Family members will not be able to join you in this first recovery area. Once your vital signs are stable and you are alert, we’ll help you sit up in a recliner chair. You will then be transferred to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit II (PACU II) and your family can visit.
Patients who are alert immediately following their surgery will go to the PACU II. Your family can join you as soon as your nurse has you settled into your room.
Once you’re awake, you can have a snack and look forward to going home. We will escort you to your car after we’ve discussed your doctor’s instructions for your care at home. Remember, you’ll need a responsible adult to drive you and be with you for the next 24 hours.
Once you’re home, be sure to follow the written instructions you are given about diet, rest and medications. You’ll find contact numbers for our center if any questions arise.
You are a still a VIP (Very Important Patient) to us after you leave, so please don’t hesitate to call if you do not understand something.