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What will my surgery center stay be like?
You will most likely be "groggy" at first from the medications you receive in surgery. You will be transported from the recovery room to your private/shared room once your surgeon or your anesthesiologist deems it safe for you to be transferred. Once you are fully awake, you will be able to drink and eat as tolerated. Your vital signs, urinary output and any drainage will be monitored closely by your nurse. Pain management will be monitored closely. Make sure to talk with your doctor before surgery about your pain management options. You may receive pain medicine through your IV, through the epidural or in shots or pills. It may also be administered intravenously by "pain pump" for the first 24 hours, which allows you to control your own pain level up to a predetermined dosage.