- When you are evaluated for your surgery, the surgeon will explain the procedure and have you sign a consent form.
Pre Admission Testing
- A pre operative examination with additional tests may be necessary. You will be informed by your surgeon where to go and what to do to prepare you for surgery.
THE DAY OF SURGERY:
Before surgery, one of our registered nurses will provide you with a gown and an explanation of what to expect in the surgical area. They will ask you a number of questions and initiate the paperwork needed to provide your care during your stay. Your family and/or significant others are welcome to stay with you until you are taken to the Operating Room.
Your Anesthesiologist will explain to you which type of anesthesia will be administered. Your Surgeon will review the type of surgery and will explain any potential complications, and alternatives. If not done ahead of time, you will be asked to sign a consent form.
Once in the Operating Room, you will be prepped for surgery. The skin will be cleansed with an antimicrobial agent and shaved if needed. All body areas will be draped except the part that will be operated on. Anesthesia will be administered. Your Surgeon will guide the team though the actual operation. Depending on the length and complexity of your surgery, a number of other team members will be present. The team may include Nurses, Surgical Residents, Physician's Assistants, and Surgical Technicians.
When the procedure has been completed, you will be taken to recovery. A Nurse will continuously monitor you until you are fully awake and alert. Your Nurse will instruct you on post operative care and review your discharge instructions with you and your family member. It is very important for the person who is providing you transportation to your home be available at this time. You will also be instructed in your level of activity and any exercises that you are capable of performing during this period. You are kept in this area until you are considered stable enough to be discharged home. Your Anesthesiologist makes this decision.
AFTER DISCHARGE FROM THE SURGERY CENTER:
When you are discharged from the Surgery Center, there are a number of things you should understand to ensure the success of your surgery:
Be aware of any restrictions ordered by your surgeon. These restrictions will be written on your discharge instructions.
- Your physician will decide when it is safe for you to drive your automobile, shower and exercise. Your surgeon will provide prescriptions for your pain medicine.
- Take the medicine as directed. Taking more than the prescribed dose can be dangerous.
- Unless instructed otherwise, resume your normal diet. Eat plenty of foods high in protein to help with healing.
- Please contact your surgeons’ office if you have any questions regarding your post operative instructions. Make certain you follow the instructions and call your surgeon for a post operative appointment as directed.