Lifespan Surgical Services


Once in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), you will be continually monitored by the nursing staff. Drinks and light snacks will be offered to you when you are able to take fluids. The length of time you stay in the PACU will depend on your surgical procedure and the type of anesthesia you received.

Your Discharge

The PACU nurse will discuss discharge instructions with you and your contact person regarding surgical dressing, medications, when you can bathe, drive, exercise and when to contact your doctor's office. Patients going home the same day will be escorted to the door by hospital staff. Patients having surgery in the Ambulatory Surgical Center are routinely discharged home up until 10:00 p.m.

We Will Call You

Within 48 hours after your discharge, you will receive a post-operative phone call. The call will allow us the follow up on your progress, identify your needs and answer any questions. We will make two attempts to reach you.