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.
You will probably feel quite drowsy and may not remember much about the first few hours after you wake up. A nurse will take your blood pressure regularly so you might be aware of the blood pressure cuff tightening on your arm every so often.
Depending on the operation, you may have some tubes attached to you. If you had a small operation you may not have any tubes at all. Below is a list of the most common tubes you might have following an operation:
- A drip (intravenous infusion) into a vein in your arm or hand to give you fluids until you can eat and drink normally. This may be for a few hours or a few days, depending on the operation you have had.
- A tube (drain) in your wound to drain excess fluid into a small bottle. This is usually removed after a few days.
- A small tube (catheter) may be put into your bladder so that urine is drained into a collection bag. The catheter is usually removed when you start walking about.
Not everyone will need all of these tubes. You can read about what to expect in the surgery section of the type of cancer you have.