What to Expect
Any surgery or procedure can provoke a variety of fears. We want to provide you as much information as possible to help you feel confident and comfortable during your experience.
Before your surgery
- You will be greeted by a nurse who will check your vital signs, including temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respirations and then help you dress for your procedure.
- If you are to have general anesthesia, the anesthetist will visit with you and ask questions pertaining to previous surgical experiences and to your general health. The anesthetist will verify that you have not eaten and discuss the type of anesthesia you will receive.
- The nurse will administer any pre-anesthetic drug ordered by your physician.
- An IV will be started in your arm.
- Hair may be removed from your surgical areas and the site will be washed with antiseptic soap.
- Your surgeon will initial the site for surgery and your surgical team will verify with you the site of where the surgery is to take place.
- Your family or guest may remain with you until you are taken into the operating room.
- If you are still conscious when you are moved to the operating room, you may notice that the room is cold and bright. Extra blankets can be provided to keep you comfortable.
After your surgery
- You will be taken to the recovery room where you will be closely monitored.
- Your blood pressure, pulse and breathing will be checked frequently by your surgical team.
- While you are being monitored closely, the attending physician will meet with your family to inform them of your progress.
- After you are awake, you will be allowed to sit in a recliner until you are able to take liquids and your physician feels you are ready to be discharged.
- The recovery room nurse will give you written instructions to follow at home.
- When you are ready for visitors, family may join you in the recovery room as allowed by the recovery room nurse.
It is normal to feel slightly dizzy and/or drowsy after surgery. You should not attempt to do any mechanical tasks, drive a car or make important decisions for 24 hours. Do not drink any alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours following your surgery. You need to have a reasonable person stay with you for 24 hours after general anesthesia or sedation.