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After Surgery

When your surgery at Newton Medical Center is over, you will be taken to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), sometimes called “the recovery room.” Here, you will be observed closely by specially-trained nurses until the anesthesia wears off.

What to Expect in the PACU

  • 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 placed 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. This should subside quickly.

  • You will remain in the PACU until you are awake and vital signs are normal. This can take as long as one hour or several.

  • To ensure privacy and well-being, visitation in the PACU is not encouraged, but periodic updates are provided to your loved ones.

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