When your procedure’s finished, you’ll be taken to the recovery area.
Nurses will monitor your breathing and vital signs in the recovery area or intensive care unit, if you need closer monitoring. Once your signs are stable, they’ll take you to the ward or arrange for your discharge.
If you go home on the day of the surgery, you’ll need someone to accompany you, as you won’t be able to drive.
You’ll be given pain relief prescribed by your anaesthetist. By enabling you to move and breathe without too much discomfort, good pain relief can help reduce your risk of complications.
Injections of pain relieving medication can be delivered by cannula or into a muscle.
Pills, tablets or liquids can be given at regular times, or when pain starts to bother you.