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After the operation, you will be transferred into your bed and taken to the recovery area. You may wake up here, and become aware of noise in the room. Hearing is the first sense to "wake up" after the anesthesia begins to wear off. You will have a nurse checking your blood pressure, heart rate and other things very frequently. This is a normal procedure, and not an indication that something is wrong. During this time, attention will be paid to the amount of pain you are having. You'll be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10, every effort will be made to control your pain. Your ability to move and feel will be regularly checked as well.
Once sufficiently awake, you will again be moved in the same bed, this time to your hospital room. The spine health care team will take care of you post-operatively. This team is composed of registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers - all specialized in the care of patients who have had spinal surgery. Your physician will visit you here during your hospital stay and oversee your care. Specialized case management and discharge arrangements will be made for you. You may be visited very early in your hospital stay by a social worker who is organizing whatever care you will need after leaving the spine care unit. This team will meet to discuss your progress and your post-hospitalization needs.