After the procedure you will be moved to a recovery room where you will be monitored closely as you recover from the anesthesia. You will be kept here until your healthcare providers feel that you are recovering well, usually within 1 to 2 hours.
You will probably still have a catheter in your bladder, and you may have stockings on your legs to help with your circulation. However, the bladder catheter is usually taken out the first day after surgery.
If spinal anesthesia was used, your legs may still feel numb and you may not be able to move them for several hours. The feeling in your abdomen and legs will slowly return.
Sometimes, during recovery, patients may shiver or experience nausea. Both of these symptoms can be related to anesthesia. Your healthcare providers can give you medication to help with these symptoms. Warm blankets are also available to comfort you.
Following the procedure, it is common to feel some pain in your abdomen. Pain medicine can be given should you feel any discomfort.
Remember that your healthcare providers want you to recover without any problems, so be sure to report anything that feels abnormal or "not right."