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Anesthesia After Surgery

After surgery, you are taken to the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) to wake up and recover from the effects of anesthesia. Indiana University Health anesthesiology specialists oversee this recovery, focusing on reducing pain, nausea or other effects of surgery and anesthesia. Our anesthesiologists provide medicine to relieve discomfort and pain so you can become alert and participate in your recovery.

Our physicians strive to effectively control your pain after surgery. We are committed to helping you with pain that may cause distress and make it difficult for you to begin healing. Even after you leave the PACU, your anesthesiologist may continue to monitor you and supply pain medicines as you need them.

Your IU Health anesthesiologist is highly skilled and experienced in managing all these factors. We ensure you have a smooth transition from the operating room to the PACU to recovery at the hospital or at home.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Anesthesia After Surgery Treatment Information

As you come out of anesthesia, a member of the anesthesiology team watches for signs you are waking up safely. These signs include:

Sometimes people have nausea as they awaken from anesthesia. Under the direction of your anesthesiologist, a nurse in the PACU may give you an antinausea medicine to help with this reaction. Some pain is normal, but your anesthesiologist may prescribe pain medicines if your pain is severe.

In some cases, a patient in the PACU may need other treatments, such as:

Your anesthesiologist may also be involved in managing these treatments with other IU Health specialists such as critical care physicians or pulmonologists.

When the anesthesiologist decides your vital signs are stable after your surgery, he or she releases you from the PACU. Depending on the type of surgery you had and your condition, you may go home, transfer to a regular hospital room or transfer to the critical care unit.


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Anesthesia After Surgery Support Services

Learn about anesthesia at the websites below to help you deal with the disorientation that occurs as you wake up from anesthesia or sedation.