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You and your doctor have agreed that you need surgery. Understanding what is happening to you may make your hospital visit more pleasant and even improve your recovery. That’s why we’ve provided you with some helpful information and pre-surgery checklist to help you prepare.
Depending on the type of procedure you are having, you may be asked to come to the hospital for pre-admission screening. During your pre-admission screening visit you will be registered in the computer by a clerk, talk with a nurse who will obtain your medical, surgical history, and consent for surgery, talk with an anesthesiologist who will discuss your anesthetic plan, and obtain any testing ordered by your doctor. You will also be informed of specific preparations for your surgery, such as what medications to take the morning of your surgery. Some patients are not required to come to the hospital for pre-admission screening. If this is the case you will probably receive a phone call to obtain information and to be given pre-procedure instructions. If you have any questions this would be the time to ask!
Day of Surgery
On the day or your surgery/procedure, you are to come in to the Ambulatory Surgery Department. Upon arrival, you will be taken to your room and the check-in process will begin. You will be given an identification bracelet that contains your name, birth date, hospital number, and doctor’s name. We will use this to correctly identify you throughout your stay. A registered nurse will review important information with you and your family. You will have an intravenous line started in your hand or arm. At this point you are ready to go for your procedure. When the surgeon is ready to perform your procedure, you will be taken to the operating/procedure room at which time you will meet the team that will be with you during your procedure.
After your surgery/procedure, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit or directly back to a room in the Ambulatory Surgery Department. Your family will be notified of your location and when they may be able to join you. Following your recovery period, you will be discharged to home or to an inpatient room if your procedure requires you to stay in the hospital over night or longer. If you are going home on the same day as your procedure, you will be given specific instruction for your care at home.