Once the incision is covered, the anesthesia will be stopped, allowing the patient to slowly begin to wake and the breathing tube to be removed. The patient will be transferred to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit to be monitored by nursing staff. The patient will be groggy at first, and will then slowly become more alert as the anesthesia wears off completely.
During the post-anesthesia phase, vital signs will be monitored closely for any possible complications and pain medication given when necessary. Once the patient is completely awake, they will be transferred to a hospital room to begin healing. Most patients have a notable decrease in pain after surgery, even with the pain of the incision.
The next day, the patient may begin taking small sips of clear fluids and then progress to a regular diet if the fluid is tolerated. Sitting up on the edge of the bed, then walking short distances will be encouraged several times a day. Medication will be available to make movement less painful.