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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:
- Becoming conscious
- Breathing normally
- Normal blood circulation
- Adequate oxygen in your blood
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:
- Cardiac and respiratory resuscitation
- Blood transfusion
- Respiratory therapy
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.
A Sampling of Anesthesia After Surgery Support Services
Anesthesia Fast Facts
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational research and scientific association that provides information about anesthesia.
When Seconds Count
This website provides information about preparing for surgery to help ensure you receive the highest-quality care.
MedlinePlus: Conscious Sedation
This NIH site provides information on how conscious sedations is used and the effects it has on you during and after surgery.
MedlinePlus: General Anesthesia
This website explains what general anesthesia is, its risks and what to expect during and after receiving general anesthesia.