The postoperative stage occurs when you have just undergone a critical medical procedure, otherwise known as a surgical operation. You will not be aware of what is happening most of the time because you would have been heavily sedated with anesthetics. Anesthesia is a critical aspect of medical surgery work and it can only be administered by appropriately qualified medical practitioners.
Prior to your serious operation, and this is before you are put to sleep if you will, you will have noticed just how well the medical staff prepare you for the impending operation. If a serious injury is being repaired, wounds will be appropriately cleaned. You will never be wearing household pajamas in bed here. No, here you are given special garments to wear. These garments are being worn by your medical assistants as well.
They are designed to protect your vulnerable state from any possibility of diseases and bacteria. The operative environment or operating theater that you enter has already been heavily sterilized. You may not have noticed this much because perhaps by that time you are already under sedation. But you are being closely watched or monitored for any negative signs that could hamper the carrying out of the operation.
The moment that there are any negative signs, the operation will be halted, just to be on the safe side. You will be returned to your ward where you will be allowed to recover. Further diagnosis will more than likely take place once your vulnerable condition has been restored to safe levels. And in this case, and certainly after a successful operation, you will be fully attired in postoperative garments.
These garments continue to shield your body, particularly the area just operated on, from the possibility of any invasive infections.