Surgery does not always start when it is scheduled and can take longer that we expect. The operation usually does not start for at least an hour after you are called to the pre-operative holding area. Your family should not expect word for about two to three hours after the scheduled time of your operation. Your doctor will try to contact them in the surgery waiting area after the operation when you are stable in the recovery room. You cannot have visitors in the recovery room, so the first time your family can see you will be about two hours after the end of your operation on the surgical floor or in the ICU.
You and your family should limit visitors to two or three persons at a time on the first night. Visits should be brief and quiet. Other concerned friends and family should wait another day or two before visiting.