Typically, an overnight stay in the post-surgical intensive care allows a patient to recover sufficiently from the surgery. With anaesthesia waning the patient may experience mild grogginess, pain etc. This is completely normal.
Following surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will receive continuous care by a trained nurse. Your vital signs will be regularly monitored along with any dressing that was applied after surgery. You may experience dry mouth, a sore throat, chills and blurred vision. If you experience pain or discomfort in the area of your surgery, do not hesitate to ask for pain medication. Be sure to report your pain. Doctors will monitor the vitals and move the patient to an intensive care, normal ward or room as necessary.
Your family members/friends should be in the waiting room before the end of your surgery time so that the surgeon can speak to them. If they need to leave, it is best to do so at the beginning of your surgery to avoid missing the surgeon at the completion of your surgery. Your surgeon will let your family/friend know how you are doing and answer questions, letting them know whether you require hospitalization or whether you will be discharged home.