Learn more about what to expect after thoracic surgery.

After surgery, you will wake up either in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) or the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), also known as the recovery room.

The environment may be cool, moist, and busy. The nurse will be close by and will try to make you as comfortable as possible.

About You

You may wear a face mask that provides oxygen. You may also intravenous tubes and lines — tubes attached to your chest, air boots on your legs, and a catheter in your bladder to drain urine.

Your First Night Post-Op

Depending on the medical care and nursing care you require, you will spend your first night in the SICU, the PACU, or your room on Ellison 19.

Once you have recovered from your anesthesia and are stable, you will be transferred to the Thoracic Surgical Unit on Ellison 19. The staff on this inpatient unit specializes in caring for patients who have had thoracic surgery.

Once on the inpatient unit, your progress will be monitored and the staff will help control discomfort with medications.

Telephone Numbers

SICU: (617) 724-5100
Ellison 19: (617) 724-5910
PACU Overnight: (617) 726-2835

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