Alternate Names : Total Anesthesia
What happens right after the procedure?
The person is taken to an area called the
surgery recovery room after the procedure. When the person can breathe
independently, the ventilator is
turned off. It may take several minutes for the person to wake up and
he or she may feel groggy at first. Doctors and nurses monitor the person
in the recovery room.
Pain medications are given as needed.
Gradually, the person wakes up and begins the recovery process.
The person may need to stay in the hospital for a few days to recover from the
procedure. Often the person can go home after a few hours. The person
must be stable and feel well enough to go home, and someone must be available
to drive the person home. The medications cause coordination problems and
slowed reflexes for several hours after surgery.