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After Surgery

Once you have awoken from surgery and are alert enough to have your breathing tube removed, you will be moved to the recovery room where a nurse will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory status. At this time, you will be still attached to a cardiac monitor and may also have the following:

  • Chest Tubes: Depending on your surgery, one or more chest tubes may be placed around the lung(s) and connected to a drainage system to help remove excess fluid and air from the chest cavity.

  • Intravenous (IV) Lines: These are placed to provide necessary medications and can also be used to supply fluids until you are able to adequately eat and drink.

  • Epidural Catheter: This may be placed in your spine to provide pain medicine during your recovery.

  • Urinary Catheter: This drains the urine out of the bladder and may remain in place for several days after the surgery.

Several hours after surgery you will be transferred to a post-operative unit where you will continue on the cardiac monitor and be encouraged to cough and breathe deeply.

That evening you will be started on a clear liquid diet and will remain in the post-operative unit until your physician feels you are ready to be transferred to a regular room.

Visiting Hours

For information about visiting hours, please contact your hospital directly:

  • Tisch Hospital: (212) 263-7300
  • Bellevue Hospital: (212) 562-1000
  • Veterans Affairs Hospital: (212) 686-7500