After Surgery

To ensure the safety and physical well-being of the patient, it may be 30-45 minutes before two members of your family can visit. Visits will be brief so that the nurse can continue to provide you care during this time. The recovery area may have other patients in various stages of recovery so we ask guests to help us keep the area quiet and peaceful. In recovery, it’s normal to experience some pain and discomfort. We’ll monitor and treat your pain until you’re able to sleep.

Outpatient Surgery

An outpatient procedure means that the patient will go home the same day as their surgery. You must have a friend or family member drive you home.

It is important that you and your family/friend(s) pay close attention to the home care instructions that will be reviewed with you before discharge. We encourage everyone who will be assisting you after your surgery to carefully review the home care instructions, ask questions and take notes. 

Remember that anesthesia may affect your ability to remember what is said for several hours so feel free to ask questions. 

Inpatient Surgery

Some procedures require the patient to be admitted to the hospital after surgery. This may be necessary depending on the type of care you will need.

When you are stable, your care team will transport you to a nursing unit when a bed becomes available. Each nursing unit has highly trained staff and physicians who focus on the physical and emotional needs of our patients and their loved ones.


Please call the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) if you have any concerns after you arrive home at 817-702-8910.