Once surgery is complete you will be taken to the recovery room. We will inform your family/caregiver when surgery is done and they will be able to join you in recovery once you are awake. Your surgeon will talk to them about the surgery and answer any questions they may have.
Pain Medications and Pain Control:
While you are in the surgery center, you will be asked to rate the intensity of pain you are experiencing through the use of a pain scale. A pain scale is a line numbered from 0 to 10, with each number representing a degree of pain.
Your surgeon will have ordered pain medications to help keep your pain at a tolerable level. Please feel free to communicate with your nurse if you are feeling discomfort or nausea, or if there is anything you need to make you feel more comfortable.
Depending on your health history and current medications, you will be prescribed medications for pain control and/or the treatment of nausea. In addition, you will be placed on aspirin or an alternative anti-coagulant medication.
You will be provided with fluids through an intravenous tube.
You will have a waterproof bandage over your surgical area. Please follow the directions regarding showering provided to you by your surgeon.
You may have a catheter inserted into your bladder during surgery to empty your bladder. The catheter will be removed at the completion of your procedure. This will allow time for your bladder to fill so that you can urinate on your own before discharge.