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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​After Your Operation

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What will happen right after my operation?
  • You will wake up in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and stay there for 1 to 2 hours​​. This is the recovery room where the nurses will care for you until you wake up.
  • The nurses will check your vital signs often. This includes your heart rate, breathing and blood pressure.
  • You will be given fluids through your intravenous (IV).
  • You will be given oxygen to help you breathe comfortably.
  • A soft, thin tube called a catheter will be in your bladder to drain urine. While the catheter is in place, you may feel like you have to pass urine. The catheter will likely be removed before you leave the PACU unless your doctor recommends to keep it in longer.
  • Deep breathing and coughing exercises will help keep your lungs clear. Moving your toes, feet and legs will help blood flow in your legs.
  • When you are ready, you will go to the Consolidated Surgical Short-Stay Unit (CSSU)​. In the CSSU, the nurses will:
    • Check your vital signs, incisions and vaginal bleeding.
    • Give you medication to relieve your pain.
    • Remove your IV when you are drinking well.
    • Help you to sit up and get out of bed.
    • Take you to the bathroom the first time and measure your urine.

How will I feel after my operation?
  • You might feel gas pain in your stomach after the operation. Gas pain can also cause some shoulder pain. Walking will help get rid of this pain. A nurse will inform you when it is safe to walk, usually few hours after your operation.​
  • You might have scant vaginal bleeding and this is normal.
  • ​You might have a sore throat from intubation and this is normal.
  • ​Pain medications will be available for you after your operation and you should tell your nurse if you have pain. Usually patients receive a combination of Tylenol and naproxen (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory).
How can I take care of myself after operation?
  • Continue your deep breathing, coughing and leg exercises.
  • Tell the nurse when you have pain. Do not wait until your pain gets very bad to ask for pain medication.
  • Walk around the unit. Moving early and often helps you to recover.
  • ​It is important to empty your bladder well. If you have difficulty passing urine, tell your nurse. If you cannot pass urine after a few tries, your nurse may put a catheter back into your bladder. You may go home with the catheter in place.
How long will I stay in th​e hospital?

If you are recovering well, you will go home the same day as your operation. Make sure you have arranged for someone to take you home. Someone must stay at home with you the first night after your operation.​

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