You will wake up in the recovery room. You will lie flat on your back for 6 hours. Then you can log roll to your side. You will be in your hospital bed. You may feel stiff from being in 1 position for a long time.
A nurse will check you often. They will make you comfortable with warm blankets.
You will have oxygen gently blowing in your nose. Your nurse will remind you to cough and deep breathe to exercise your lungs.
Your nurse will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10. They will give you pain medicine. You might feel sick to your stomach. Tell your nurse. There is medicine for that too.
You will have x-rays of your back.
You will be in the recovery room for 1-2 hours. You are here until your care team feels you are awake enough to move to your hospital room. If you are 16 or younger, 2 adults can see you here.
Some children need to go to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) after surgery. This happens if the doctor wants you watched more closely. Your parents can stay with you in the PICU as well.