Recovery & Discharge

Planning for a Smooth Recovery & Discharge

Your Banner Health surgical team helps you navigate your surgery from the moment it’s planned all the way through your full recovery. We know going home in as little time and pain is important to you, and we work with that goal in mind.

What Happens After My Surgery?

Immediately after your surgery, you’ll move to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). In the PACU, surgical nursing specialists monitor your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and temperature until you leave the unit.

The length of time you’re in the PACU depends on the type of anesthesia and surgery you had. Your nurse will encourage you to cough and take deep breaths to clear your lungs, as well as check your incision and monitor your pain.

We’ll keep your friends and family informed as you recover from your surgery. And if you stay overnight in the hospital, your PACU nurse will let them know you’re ready to move to your room so they can go with you. If you’re going home after surgery, your PACU nurse will let them know when you’re ready to leave.

What’s the Discharge Process After My Surgery?

You must have another adult drive you home to be discharged. Before you leave, your nurse will go over your doctor’s instructions on:

  • How and when to make a follow-up appointment
  • How to care for your incision and/or bandages
  • How to take your medications
  • What activities you can do and when
  • What to eat and drink

A nurse will call you the day after you get home to check on you and answer any questions you have. Call your doctor immediately if you have:

  • Extreme or ongoing nausea or vomiting
  • Fever and chills
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unusual swelling or pain