At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, recovery staff are specially trained to care for children and adolescents. Immediately following surgery, patients will spend a brief period recovering in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Our pediatric nurses and anesthesiologists will carefully monitor the recovery from anesthesia and help control any pain. It typically takes a patient a few hours to fully regain their senses after anesthesia. At this time, the child will be moved to a regular room.
Following surgery, our team continues to work closely with the pediatric anesthesia and pain medicine specialists. We will provide any necessary medications to minimize side effects such as nausea, vomiting, itching, constipation, drowsiness and sedation. Our goal is to keep patients comfortable and help them to be up and moving as soon as possible. Patients are typically out of bed in a chair on the first day after surgery. Our team will teach deep-breathing exercises to assist with recovery. In addition, our physical therapists will begin helping with movement and exercises and will provide instructions on recovery.