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Post Anesthetic Care Unit

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What to Expect

After surgery your child will be transferred to the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU), also called the recovery room or wake-up room, to wake up from the general anesthesia following surgery, a procedure, or test that required sedation.

It can take up to an hour before your child is awake in the PACU however, it’s hard to predict how long your child will be in the PACU. Some children sleep longer than others after surgery. Based on your child’s medical needs, one parent may be asked to come into the PACU. It doesn’t mean that something is wrong, it may be that your child just needs your comfort and reassurance. If you are not asked to go into the PACU, the team will make sure you and your child are together as soon as possible.

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