STATION 4: IN THE RECOVERY ROOM
After surgery, you are moved to the recovery room. You may feel hazy or groggy as you come round from the anaesthetic. Antiemetic treatments may be provided if you experience nausea and vomiting. Blood pressure and temperature are monitored regularly to track recovery and identify potential complications early. You will stay in the recovery room until you are fully conscious and fit enough for transport.
You will be informed of the outcomes of the surgery:
- Was the operation successful?
- What effect has the operation had on the patient’s condition?
- How should the patient expect to feel?
- How long is recovery likely to take?
The post-operative pain management plan is put into action, usually beginning with strong opioid treatments. Pain assessment should be carried out on a regular basis, so that the treatment can be tailored to your level of pain.
National Health Service (NHS). Having an operation – After surgery. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/surgery/Pages/after-surgery.aspx. Accessed 8 September 2015.