For patients having a surgical procedure, please check in 30 minutes before your scheduled time. For pain medicine treatments, check in 30 minutes before your scheduled treatment.
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 will ask for your insurance card and payment that may be your responsibility (cash, check, VISA or MasterCard accepted).
In pre-surgery, a nurse will ask you to change into a surgical gown and place your items for safekeeping in a belonging bag. She 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
- Moderate Sedation (MAC): 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, and often used in conjunction with MAC or general anesthesia.
- General anesthesia: places patient in an unconscious state during the 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. Before beginning, we conduct a “time out” to confirm the procedure, and that instruments and equipment are in place.
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!
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