When your surgery at Morristown Medical Center or Morristown Medical Ambulatory Surgery Center (111 Madison Ave.) is over, you will be taken to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), sometimes called “the recovery room,” where you will recover from anesthesia. You will be observed closely by specially trained nurses until the anesthesia wears off.
- We will closely monitor your heartbeat, blood pressure and breathing with the same equipment used in the operating room.
- Oxygen will be administered through a mask or nasal cannula (small prongs resting at the edge of your nostrils).
- To assist circulation, elastic stockings and/or sequential compression devices may be on your legs.
- Our staff will check the dressing over your incision frequently.
- Depending on your surgery, you may have special drainage tubes that collect either urine or blood; these will be removed at a later time.
- If you needed a special breathing tube while under anesthesia, you may wake with a mild sore throat; that will subside quickly.
- You will remain in the PACU until you are awake and vital signs are normal; this can take from one to a few hours.
Visitation in the PACU
Morristown Medical Center (main hospital): To ensure privacy and well-being, visitation in the PACU is not encouraged. However, periodic updates are available.
Morristown Medical Ambulatory Surgery Center (111 Madison Ave.): During the first stage of recovery, which can be approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, visitors are not permitted. Visitation is allowed in the second stage of recovery and we will reunite you with your family member or visitor as soon as possible.