You will be greeted by our receptionist at the front desk. Following completing minor paperwork, you will proceed to the patient waiting area until it is time for you to be admitted to the Surgery Center.
Upon completion of the registration process, you and your family, or guest, can relax in our waiting area. This spacious area was designed to be both comfortable and relaxing. There are different designated areas for quiet relaxation. After a short wait, you will be brought to the pre-op area in preparation for your surgery.
Approximately one hour before your operation is to begin, you will be escorted to the Pre-Op Area. There, one of our nurses will interview you and complete your medical history. You will be given appropriate clothing to wear in the operating room. An intravenous line will be started and you will be given any medications requested by your surgeon. You will then be interviewed by the anesthesiologist. You and your anesthesiologist will discuss your anesthetic care and he/she will be happy to answer any questions you have.
After your stay in the pre-op area, you will be brought to the operating suite. In the operating suite, the staff team will introduce themselves, anesthesia will place a blood pressure cuff, EKG monitoring, and a pulse oximeter (a device placed on your finger to measure the amount of oxygen in your blood) on you. A mask will be gently placed on your face, which contains 100% oxygen. At this point medication will be given in the intravenous line to enable you to fall off to sleep.
Throughout the surgery, you will be given anesthetics and monitored very closely. In addition to your surgeon and operating room staff, a member of the anesthesia care team will be with you for all of the time you are in the operating room. At the end of surgery, all of the anesthetic agents are discontinued and you are prepared to go to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, sometimes called the recovery room area.
After surgery is completed you will be brought to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), often called the recovery room area. You will be monitored very closely there by a specially trained nurse under the supervision of your anesthesiologist. You may receive some light nourishment, depending on your type of surgery and anesthesia. If you experience any discomfort, please inform your nurse and you may receive pain medication by your intravenous line.
You will spend anywhere from 15 minutes to approximately one hour in the PACU, depending on the type of surgery, the type of anesthesia, and your body's response to the surgery and anesthesia.
After your stay in the PACU, you will be discharged from the Surgery Center. You must have someone of legal driving age to drive you home. It is recommended to have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Do not make any major decisions or sign legal documents for 24 hours.