Home Preparing for Surgery What happens while I am in the Recovery Room?
What happens while I am in the Recovery Room? PDF Print E-mail

The anesthesiologist and PACU nurses administer to your recovery in the PACU. We will monitor your vital signs closely with the same type of monitors, which you had in the operating room, including an EKG, blood pressure cuff, and a clip on your finger called a pulse oximeter that monitors your oxygen level in your body. Your dressings or bandages are checked, changed or reinforced if needed. Your nurse may monitor various additional tubes and drains placed by your surgeon or anesthesiologist besides the IV you started with at the beginning of the case. You will wake up with either an oxygen mask on your face or nasal cannula in your nose again to ensure that you have a safe amount in your body. The nurse may ask you to assist in your postoperative care depending on what your physicians want you to accomplish. One example would be that the nurse might ask you to take deep breaths to help keep your lungs expanded.


American Anesthesiology Associates of Virginia

1001 Sam Perry Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (view map)


Office Phone: (540) 741-7614

Fax: (540) 741-7615


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