During Surgery

The surgical team is trained to provide you with safe care during your surgery. Before they start, the team members will double-check your name, what type of surgery you are there for, and what part of your body is to be operated on.


If you are having general anesthesia, a breathing tube (endotracheal tube) is placed in your windpipe or a special airway (laryngeal mask airway, or LMA) is placed in the back of your throat to help you breathe during the surgery. To learn more, see the topic Anesthesia.

Keeping Things Sterile

The place on your skin where the incision will be is washed with a special solution to remove bacteria. All instruments used during your surgery are sterilized to reduce your risk of infection.

Pain Control

Pain control is an important concern. Near the end of your surgery, your surgeon may inject a long-acting pain medicine at the site of your surgery to decrease your pain for six to twelve hours after surgery.

In the Recovery Area

Right after surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where nurses will care for and observe you. A nurse will check your vital signs and bandages. He or she will also ask about your pain level.

When you wake up, you may have a small tube just below your nose that supplies oxygen to your lungs.

You will most likely stay in the recovery area for one to four hours. Then you will be moved to a hospital room or you will go home. You may receive medicine or fluids through your vein (intravenous, or IV) during your time in the hospital.

Preventing DVT (deep vein thrombosis) after surgery

After your surgery, it is important to help prevent blood clots in your body because you’re not moving as much as you normally do.

Getting up and moving during your recovery from surgery is one of the best ways to prevent blood clots. National Blood Clot Alliance. Blood Clot Treatment.

Staying well hydrated by drinking ample amounts of water can also reduce your risk of forming clots.

In addition to these simple measures, your doctor may also prescribe medication to prevent clots from forming. As always, prevention is better than treatment. Injectable medications — Tinzaparin — are very common during a hospital stay after surgery, this medication is given to prevent the formation of a blood clot.

Click the link to find out how you can prevent blood clots after your operation

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