Please arrive one hour before your scheduled time.
At check-in, we will ask you to complete admission forms, show your picture ID with proof of address, and sign the surgery consent. We’ll ask for your insurance card and any required deposit or copayment (cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express are accepted).
In pre-surgery, you will change into a surgical gown and place your belongings in safekeeping. A nurse will help you get comfortable and place an ID on your wrist. She will review your medical history, medications and supplements, then start an intravenous line.
The anesthesiologist will visit with you in pre-surgery. He will assess your vital signs, lab results or tests, and ask more details about your health history, medications and experience with anesthesia. He will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Finally, he will determine the type of anesthesia based on your procedure, medical history and your preferences, and ask you to sign the anesthesia consent. His goal: keeping you safe, comfortable and pain-free before, during and after surgery.
Types of anesthesia administered by our board-certified physician anesthesiologists:
- Conscious sedation: places patient in a relaxed, “twilight” state, as if asleep but still able to be aroused.
- Regional anesthesia: anesthetizes the part of the body to be treated.
- General anesthesia: places patient in an unconscious state during surgery.
Before you’re moved into surgery, your surgeon will visit with you to ensure you’re prepared, and mark the surgical site on your body.
In the operating room, your comfort and safety are our top priorities. When you first arrive, the lights may seem bright and the temperature cool. A nurse will be close at hand if you’d like an extra warm blanket, or have questions or concerns. Before beginning, we conduct a “time out” to confirm the procedure, and that systems are in place.
After surgery: You will be moved into recovery, monitored by a nurse and given medications for pain relief. Recovery time varies by patient and procedure, and usually lasts 30 minutes to 2 hours. When you’re medically ready for discharge, the person waiting for you can rejoin you in recovery to review discharge instructions for the specifics of your surgery.
Recovery at home: About 50% of the effects of anesthesia wear off in the first 8 hours. But it will take about 24 hours for 100% of the effects to wear off. For the first 24 hours, rest under the observation of a responsible adult who can follow discharge orders and monitor your progress. Don’t drive a vehicle or make important decisions. Don’t drink any alcohol as long as you’re taking pain medication. If you experience any complications or adverse side effects, contact your doctor or call 911.
We will call you the next day to check on your recovery. Continue to rest until you are fully recovered, following your doctor’s instructions for return to routines and activities.
We wish you a complete and speedy recovery.
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