Surgical procedures can involve some degree of pain. However you can be assured that the staff will work together to treat your pain effectively. There are a variety of pain relief methods available including IV and oral pain medications, nerve blocks, and alternative methods such as ice, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication for you to take at home as well.
When will I talk to the surgeon?
Before surgery your surgeon will usually see you in the preoperative room. This is when you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or express concerns. After surgery your surgeon will talk to your family in our consultation room. If your family plans on leaving the building, please provide the receptionist with a phone number so the surgeon can call your family member to update them. It is not typical for the surgeon to talk to the patient after surgery due to the ongoing surgery schedule and the fact that the patient has had anesthesia and most likely won’t remember the conversation. At your follow up appointment, the surgeon will go over your surgery in detail. Please prepare your family member to be ready to ask any questions you may have for the surgeon after surgery as they will be the communicator between you and the surgeon. It is helpful for family members to take notes when the surgeon talks to them so they can relay accurate information to you.
How long will my procedure last?
The length of your surgery will be determined by the type of surgery being performed. Your surgeon and medical staff will be able to give you an estimate on the amount of time your procedure will last.
When can I go home?
You will be able to go home once a physician has evaluated you and determined that you are medically stable to be discharged. This timeframe is different for every person and is based on your individual needs.
When can I shower, drive, and go back to work?
Your discharge RN will go over all of your instructions before you leave the surgery center. You will also be given a written copy of the instructions. Because each patient and surgery is different, the orders for discharge are individualized.
Why do I have to arrive so early at the surgery center?
We want to allow ample time to prepare each patient for surgery without feeling rushed. Your surgery time is only an estimate. If the patient in front of you cancels or ends sooner than expected, we want to be ready for surgery just as soon as the surgeon is ready. Likewise, if the patient in front of you takes longer than anticipated, this may cause a delay in your start time.
Why can't I eat or drink before surgery?
This rule is enforced for your safety. Most surgeries require a breathing tube to be inserted. If your stomach is full, there is a risk that the contents in your stomach could go into your lungs. This would cause aspiration pneumonia. Please remember that water, gum, lozenges, etc. are included in the rules of items to not eat or drink.
How do I get home?
You are required to provide a responsible adult (18 years and older) to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery. This is for your safety and the safety of others. You will most likely be given medication that will alter your perception and consciousness. If you drive a car, you would be considered to be operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
When can I eat after surgery?
Once you are awake and sitting up in a chair the nursing staff will offer you a light snack and something to drink. We do not encourage patients to eat a heavy meal right away after surgery but rather gradually build back up to your normal eating habits.