After Your Surgery

Recovery Area

After your procedure, you will go to the “wake-up” room, also known as the Recovery Area.  Plan to be in the recovery area about 30 to 45 minutes after receiving IV sedation and about 90 minutes after receiving General Anesthesia. While in the recovery area, you will be cared for by our caring and compassionate, specially trained nurses.  Our anesthesiologist will monitor your condition.

  • You will receive verbal and written post-surgical care instructions (please follow these instructions carefully).
  • Your escort must be available to discuss and sign these instructions before you will be allowed to go home.
  • For your safety a responsible adult must accompany you from the center and stay with you overnight.
  • Be prepared to go home and finish your recovery there.
  • It is normal to experience sleepiness and dizziness for 12 to 24 hours after surgery.
  • If you experience anything unusual after your surgery, please call your surgeon or go to the nearest emergency room.
  • A nurse from the Mt. Pleasant Surgery Center will phone you within a few days to see how your are and answer any additional questions you may have.

When You Get Home

  • Know that a period of recovery at home is expected.
  • Plan to take it easy for a few days until you feel back to normal.
  • Patients often experience minor after effects following anesthesia such as drowsiness, muscle aches, a sore throat, headaches or dizziness.
  • These side effects usually go away shortly after surgery but may take several days before they are gone completely.
  • Contact your surgeon if you have any questions about your discharge instructions.
  • Please follow your written instructions carefully.