You'll wake up in a recovery room.
You'll be watched closely as you fully wake up and are able to talk to the nurses. You
may have to stay in the hospital for 2 to 7 days, depending on the type of surgery you
had. For the first few days after surgery, you're likely to have pain from the incision.
Your pain can be controlled with medicine. Talk with your healthcare provider or nurse
about your options for pain relief. Some people don’t want to take pain medicine, but
doing so can help your healing. For instance, if you don’t control pain well, you may
not want to cough, turn often, or get out of bed, all of which you need to do as you
recover from surgery.
You will likely have a urinary
catheter for a few days. This a tube put through your urethra (the tube that carries
urine out of your body) and into your bladder so that your urine drains into a bag
outside your body. In some cases, you may go home with the catheter.
You may have bowel problems right
after surgery. If you have diarrhea, ask what you can do about it. Sometimes diet
changes can help. Constipation is common from using certain pain medicines, not moving
much, or not eating and drinking as much as usual. Talk with your healthcare provider or
nurse about getting more dietary fiber or using a stool softener.