At the completion of your operation your anaesthetist will accompany you to the recovery area and will stay with you until you are stable and breathing comfortably. A nurse will continue to monitor you and treat any pain you may have. At this time you may experience some light-headedness and perhaps some disorientation. This should pass quickly. When you are awake and comfortable you will be transferred out of the recovery area. Your anaesthetist will remain in contact with the ward area to monitor your pain control and your general health and well being.
If you are going home on the same day of surgery you should have someone to accompany you home. It is important to remember that for 24 hours after your anaesthetic you should not drive a car or operate any heavy machinery, you should not make any important decisions or sign any legal documents and you should abstain from alcohol and other recreational drugs.