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After Surgery:

  • The doctor will talk with you immediately following your child’s surgery. It generally takes an additional 20 minutes from that point before your child will enter the Recovery Room.
  • You will join your child in the Recovery Room as soon as he or she is awake.
  • Your child may be attached to heart and respiratory monitors, and may have on a blood pressure cuff and an IV.

During recovery, your child may experience some of the side effects of anesthesia and surgery. These may include:

  • Face and upper body redness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sore muscles
  • Short term memory lapse
  • Mood changes and irritability
  • Dry or sore throat
  • Blurred vision, dizziness
  • Funny taste in the mouth
  • Sleepiness and unsteady in walking

Our goal is to manage your child’s pain and keep him as comfortable as possible. There are a number of pain-reducing options which your child’s anesthesiologist, surgeon or nurse will discuss with you. Your child, depending on his age, will be asked to rate his pain according to a pain scale. The pain medication will be given by IV or sometimes by mouth.

The average recovery room stay is one-and-a-half to two hours depending on your child’s needs. He may awaken quickly or may sleep for what seems like a long time. This is not unusual as each child reacts differently to anesthesia. You will stay with your child until he is ready to leave the Recovery Room. There are specific criteria your child must meet in order to be discharged from the hospital. If those criteria are not met, the doctor will admit your child to Mercy Children’s Hospital’s inpatient unit until he can be cared for at home. The recovery nurse will work closely with you to determine when you are comfortable in having your child discharged from the hospital. Those children undergoing outpatient surgery will receive discharge instructions and/or necessary prescriptions before you leave the hospital.

Children admitted after surgery to Mercy Children’s Hospital will be transported by the Recovery Room staff from the Recovery Room to their room on the sixth floor. Visiting hours are flexible, and the patient care is family-centered. We encourage you to help with many of the aspects of your son or daughter’s care.

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