After Your Surgery/Recovery/PACU

Pre and Post Operation Room

After your surgery, you will be taken to a post anesthesia care unit (known as PACU) room while you recover. The time spent in PACU varies from patient to patient but usually averages about 45 minutes to one hour. Then you will be transported to a private post-op room where you will remain until it is safe for you to go home. Friends and family members are welcome to stay with you as well. Depending on the type of anesthesia you received, you may have blurry vision, a dry mouth and/or chills. Noises may sound louder than usual. The nurse will check your dressing(s) and blood pressure often. You may also have an IV and other tubes used for drainage. The area around your surgery may hurt or burn. Don´t be afraid to ask your nurse for pain medication. Before you can leave the hospital, your nurse will make sure that you are able to walk, urinate and take liquids. (If you are an inpatient, you will be taken to your hospital room on the top floor of the hospital for further care by our dedicated team of medical-surgical care nurses - see inpatient care for more).


Outpatients will be discharged the day of surgery and recover at home. Before you leave the hospital, your surgeon and nurse will give you specific written instructions on how to care for yourself at home and will answer any questions you may have at the time. Remember that activity helps circulation and deep breathing speeds recovery. You will be told what type of activity is safe to do for your specific procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to follow up with your surgeon's office, or contact us at (207) 351-2400 for information.


Location & Contact

York Hospital Surgery Center
15 Hospital Drive, York, Maine 03909
Phone: (207) 351-2400
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