After Surgery

After surgery, you will awaken in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU Phase I). Here our registered nurses will monitor your recovery from anesthesia and surgery. After you are awake and comfortable you will be moved to PACU  Phase II where we will reunite you with your caregivers/ visitors.

  • When you are ready to go home your nurse will give you and your caregivers /visitors written and verbal discharge instructions. If you have any questions please feel free to ask your nurse. Our job is to make sure you are confident about how to care for yourself at home. If you have any questions or concerns after leaving VBASC about your surgery please call your surgeon. It is very important that you follow all of your discharge instructions provided by your surgeon.
  • You MAY NOT drive yourself home unless you have had only local anesthesia and it has been approved by your surgeon. You also SHOULD NOT drive, drink or operate any equipment for 24 hours or as long as you are taking any pain medication.
  • It is important that you have a caregiver with you for 24 HOURS AFTER SURGERY for your safety. The anesthesia does stay in your system for at least 24 hours so you may experience dizziness and be sleepy.
  • If you experience any of the following please call your surgeon:
    1. Unusual symptoms or changes in your condition you were not expecting
    2. Pain that is not taken care of by your pain medications
    3. Inability to hold to fluids down
    4. Any fever higher then 100.5
    5. Inability urinate and/or painful  urination
    6. Or have any questions or concerns.
  • Expect a call from us the next business day after your surgery. We call to check on your progress and to answer any questions you may have. We suggest that you write down your questions so you don’t forget to ask.
  • After Hours care: Should you experience any problem after being discharged to home,contact your surgeon at the phone number on your discharge instructions.
  • After 5pm: Contact the surgeon's answering service or go to the nearest Emergency Room if you need immediate attention or call 911, if you are  experiencing an emergency.


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Virginia Beach Ambulatory Surgery Center
1700 Will-O-Wisp Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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