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Day of Surgery - Pre-operative Area

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What surgery patients can typically expect on the day of surgery.

  • Surgical Patient "Welcome Letter"  
  • General Information
  • Reception and Admitting
  • Pre-Operative Area
    • This is a private bay where you will change into a hospital gown.
    • A registered nurse will perform an assessment, and you will be prepared for surgery. This will include: having vital signs and weight measured, starting an IV (intravenous) line, possible lab tests, possible urine sample, skin prep and marking of operative site, if necessary.
    • We will happily provide you a warm blanket. You may bring a book or magazine to read while you wait. We also have head phones for music devices, and some preop bays are equipped with a TV.
    • You will learn about your anesthesia; the medication that will help to keep you comfortable during your procedure. Anesthesia will be provided based on your surgery type and your health status.
    • All anesthesiologists are medical doctors with special training in the field of anesthesiology.
    • CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) are advanced practice nurses specially trained in the field of anesthesiology.

There are three (3) different types of anesthesia that can be used:

  • General: You are totally asleep and aware of nothing.
  • Spinal/Epidural: Epidural anesthesia is a technique whereby a local anesthetic drug is injected through a catheter placed into the epidural space.
  • Local with sedation: You may receive relaxing medication as needed through an IV to keep you relaxed while your surgeon/anesthesia provider freezes the skin with medicine.
    • Your surgeon, anesthesiologist, and CRNA will visit with you in the preoperative area. Please feel free at this time to ask any questions regarding your procedure or anesthesia.
    • A nurse from the operating room will also visit you to verify your name, allergies, food intake status, and to identify the surgical site.
    • Waiting times before your procedure vary. We will make every effort to keep you informed and explain delays if they occur.
    • You will be transported to the operative area by a member of the surgical team.
    • Your family will be shown where to wait during your surgery. No family may be permitted in the operating room during the surgery.
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Post-Operative Area