What Happens After Surgery? (for kids)
Helping Kids Prepare for Surgery
What Happens After Surgery
When your surgery is over you will stop getting the sleep medicine and you will be moved on a bed with wheels to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. We call it the PACU or sometimes the recovery room. You will begin to wake up and a recovery room nurse will be taking care of you. The nurse will check your temperature, heart, breathing, and blood pressure. You will feel sleepy and maybe a little dizzy. Tell your nurse if anything hurts. Your nurse can give you medicine to help you feel better.
You will probably sleep most of the time while you are in the recovery room. You will not feel like eating or drinking right away. You may have an IV and get fluids and medicine through it. Your family can join you when you are ready to leave this area.
You will then be taken to a room where you will stay until you go home. A nurse will again check your temperature, heart, breathing, and blood pressure and ask you if you are having any pain (We use something called the pain scale). When you feel ready to drink you may have some ice chips, Popsicles, or clear liquids. Tell the nurse how you feel.
You may feel like watching TV or a movie or you may just want to sleep. If you are spending one or more nights, your parents can stay with you.
When you are ready to go home your doctor and nurse will give you instructions about what to eat, what you can do, and medicines you need to help you feel better.