After your Surgery
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POST-ANESTHESIA CARE UNIT (PACU)
When your surgery is completed, you will be taken to the PACU to recover. The length of time you will need to rest before leaving will depend on the nature of your surgery and how well you are doing after surgery.
We permit a family member or friend to join you in our recovery room when possible. Typically, we wait until you are awake to bring your family or friend into the recovery room. To prevent overcrowding we must limit visitors to one person at peak times. Therefore, we ask that you not bring children or others who cannot remain unattended in the waiting room.
BEFORE YOU GO HOME
Please be certain you understand your physician's instructions. You will receive instruction from our nurses regarding medication, diet, and rest requirements. The day of surgery and perhaps at the time of discharge, you may feel sleepy, tired, and dizzy. This is completely normal. Our advice is to go home and rest for the remainder of the day. For your own safety, it is important that you do not drive, operate machinery, drink alcohol, or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after leaving the Southern New Mexico Surgery Center.
You must have a responsible adult stay with you the night after surgery. If you experience difficulties or complications once you return home, please contact your surgeon immediately. If you cannot reach your surgeon and your condition requires immediate attention, you must call 911 or be driven to the nearest emergency department. You may also call the staff at the Southern New Mexico Surgery Center any time between 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 7:00 am - 11:00 am on Fridays at 575.437.0890.
A Southern New Mexico Surgery Center staff member will contact you after surgery to check on your progress. You will also receive a patient satisfaction survey form that will help us to continuously improve our care in response to your suggestions. If you have provided us with your email address, you may be contacted by email regarding completion of this form on-line. We appreciate your input!
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Southern New Mexico Surgery Center is a 2020 National APEX Quality Award Winner.