Knowing what will happen when you wake up after your operation can help you feel less anxious. It also prepares your family and friends for what to expect. Your recovery time will depend on the type of surgery you have.
Most people receive care in an intensive care or high-dependency unit for a few days after their operation. This is routine and does not mean your operation went badly or had complications. It is also usual in some hospitals for a machine (ventilator) to help you breathe for a few hours. You will probably feel quite drowsy and may not remember much about the first days after your operation.
The nurses will encourage you to start moving about as soon as possible. This is an important part of your recovery. It will help prevent problems such as chest infections or blood clots. The nurses will encourage you to do regular leg movements and deep breathing exercises. A physiotherapist or a nurse can explain these to you.