🗓 Your Day of Surgery

For patients having a surgical procedure, please check in 60 minutes before your scheduled time. Because emergency surgeries and other factors can affect scheduling, we ask that you be patient and flexible. Your procedure may need to be moved to an earlier time; we’ll call you if this occurs. Or it may be delayed; we’ll make every effort to keep you informed if this occurs. Please be aware that you will be waiting in the waiting room for a time before you are actually brought to surgery.

At check-in, we will ask you to complete admission forms and sign the surgery consent. We will ask for your insurance card and payment that may be your responsibility (cash, check, and major credit card accepted). In addition to insurance cards and authorization forms, we may ask for a driver’s license or other identification. We request this information from you not only to ensure that your records are always up to date, but also to protect you or your family member from any potential medical identify theft.

In pre-surgery, a nurse will ask you to place your items for safekeeping in a belonging bag. She will help you get comfortable and prepare for surgery. 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. His goal: keeping you safe, comfortable and pain-free before, during and after surgery.

Before you are taken 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. As part of our routine, the surgery team will conduct a “time out” before beginning your surgery. This is our final confirmation that we are doing the correct procedure on the correct site, and that all the necessary instruments and equipment are ready. We also note if you have any allergies to medications and if antibiotics were given.

Recovery after surgery: You will be moved to a recovery bay, monitored by a post-operative nurse and given medications for pain relief. Recovery time varies by patient and procedure, and usually lasts 1 hour. When you are medically cleared for discharge, the person waiting for you can rejoin you in recovery to review discharge instructions prepared for the specifics of your surgery.

Recovery at home: For the first 24 hours, there will be residual effect of the anesthesia. Rest under the observation of a responsible adult who can follow up on discharge orders and monitor your progress. If you take any additional oral pain medication, you will continue to feel sedated, even after the anesthesia has worn off. Don’t drive a vehicle or make important decisions. Don’t drink any alcohol as long as you are 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 how you are doing. Continue to rest until you are fully recovered, following your doctor’s instructions for return to routines and activities.

Here’s to your recovery, health and wellbeing!