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.