Where is your surgery center?
How is surgery scheduled?
Personal valuables like jewelry should be left at home and you should dress in loose fitting clothes to avoid difficulty dressing and undressing after surgery. You cannot have surgery unless you have a designated driver to drive you home. It is a national policy which we adhere to of not allowing patients to drive the day of surgery. If you do not have transportation the day of surgery, your surgery will be cancelled.
Who obtains insurance authorization for my surgery?
What medicines should I take the day of surgery?
Do you have overnight service if the surgery is finished very late?
What should I do the day before surgery?
What happens the day of my surgery?
Your first stop is at the surgical center check in desk where you will be greeted by an account representative who prepares your surgical chart, has you sign a facility consent form, and will then accompany you to the preoperative area. Your family will be directed to wait in the waiting area or will be given pagers so that they can roam around the hospital until your doctor is ready to speak with them once your surgery is concluded.
After you are brought back to the Preoperative Holding Area, you will change in your surgical gown and cap and place your valuables in a safe locker that you will have the key for or give it to a family member. A nurse will greet you, review your medical chart and start an IV. A board Certified anesthesiologist will again review your medical history in more detail and assure all preoperative lab tests and documentation are accurately reflected in the chart by again asking you pertinent medical questions. If your surgery is to be done with a regional anesthetic block where only the arm or leg is anesthetized, it will be coordinated with the surgery team so that the anesthetic affect has taken effect just prior to your surgical procedure.
Patients who have something to eat or drink after midnight or who have not obtained their preoperative medical clearance will be cancelled at this point and rescheduled at a future date.
After your preoperative evaluation is complete, you will be on hold much like a plane is held in the runway until cleared for takeoff. When called into the surgical suite, you will go into the room and either have a general anesthesia or will have surgery with a regional anesthetic that is performed in the holding preoperative area. Once you surgery is performed you will be transferred to the recovery room area where specialized nurses trained in postoperative recovery along with the help of our anesthesiologist will monitor your recovery from the anesthesia and treat your postoperative pain. Once your recovery from anesthesia is complete, which takes about an hour, you will redress, receive a postoperative instruction form and be placed in a wheelchair to be transported to your family’s vehicle. It is imperative someone is there to drive you home. If no one is there to drive you home, your surgery will be cancelled.
How long will it take to recover from a condiiton?
What if I have questions postoperatively?
What happens in my first postoperative visit?