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What will happen to me after the surgery?

Depending on the nature and complexity of the intervention, you may be moved to the intensive care unit or in a special room within the surgery section, where you will be carefully monitored for the next hours. Even if the surgery went well, you are still exposed to a series of complications.

After the surgery is completed, you may still be asleep for a couple of hours until the effect of anesthesia wears off. You will then gradually wake up and become more aware of your surroundings.

As your body’s thermoregulation is typically poor following surgery, the doctors will try to increase your temperature using blankets or bottles of warm water. Moreover, depending on the surgical intervention you underwent, you might be placed on the bed in a certain position.

You may start to feel some pain after having completely woken up, but the doctors will provide you with pain killers in order to alleviate your discomfort.

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