Laparoscopic Total Colectomy & Ileoanal Pullthrough
After the operation, you will go directly to the Recovery Room (also called the "PACU"). You will feel groggy and sleepy. Some patients are so sleep sleepy they don't really remember the PACU. A nurse will be checking your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. He or she will ask you to take deep breaths while he or she listens to your lungs. Some oxygen will be gently blowing a cool mist near you face or through a small mask.
Your IV and urinary catheter that we put in during the operation will still be in place. In the PACU, if you are having pain, a nurse will give you pain medication.
You parents may come in to visit you in the PACU. After 1-2 hours in the PACU, you will be moved to the surgical inpatient area.