What happens after surgery

You will be moved to our fully-equipped recovery area where you will remain under close observation by the anesthesiologist and our recovery room nursing staff until you are ready to go home. The length of stay in the recovery unit varies according to the type of procedure and your physicians instructions.


Your physician will provide post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest and medication. The day theatre will provide you with a written summary of these instructions.

Please follow these general instructions after your surgery:

  • Your family member, close friend or responsible adult must drive you home
  • After intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, we cannot allow you to drive home
  • Plan to have someone be available for at least 24 hours if needed; and
  • Arrange for care of your children.

Since it is normal to feel drowsy after receiving anesthetic, we recommend you to postpone the following activities for at least 24 to 48 hours:

  • Driving and operating any equipment
  • Signing important papers
  • Making significant decisions; and
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages or taking any drugs without your physician’s authorization.

If you have any unexpected problems, please call your physician. A staff member of the day theatre will attempt to contact you within a few days after your surgery to check your progress and answer any questions you may have.

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