You will be taken to the recovery area. Your vital functions will be closely monitored by specially trained nurses. Nausea and vomiting medication is given if needed. Nausea and vomiting tend to be less of a problem today because of improved anesthetic agents and techniques although it may still occur infrequently. When you are ready, you will be offered something to drink. A family member or friend may be allowed to be with you, and you will be assisted in getting up. Most patients are ready to go home about one half hour after the procedure. You will receive verbal and written post-procedure care instructions after your procedure – you must follow these instructions. Your escort must be available to discuss and sign these instructions before you will be allowed to go home.
For the first 24 hours after your sedation:
- Do not drink alcohol or use nonprescription medication
- Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery
- Do not make important decisions
Be prepared to go home and continue your recovery there. Patients may experience drowsiness or minor side effects such as sore throat, bloating or mild nausea. These usually decline rapidly in the hours following your procedure.
If you experience anything unusual after your surgery, please call your Gastroenterologist, or go to the nearest emergency room. A nurse from our center will call you after your procedure to check on your recovery.