We understand that surgery can be a daunting experience. Therefore, we try to minimize many of the issues that can lead to anxiety or concern. As part of the pre-operative process, we ask you to fill out the online history "Passport" form as far ahead of your surgery as possible. This allows our attending anesthesiologists to review your medical history, acquire any necessary lab work or testing, and custom tailor an anesthestic plan for a safer and better outcome.
On the day of surgery, once you have registered and checked-in with the front desk, you will be brought back to our preop holding area. You will be greeted by a pre-op holding nurse, who will measure your vital signs, review your medical history, start an IV (if needed), and give any preop medications that were ordered by your surgeon or anesthesiologist.
Later, you will be interviewed by your attending anesthesiologist, who will discuss your medical history and anesthetic plan with you. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have regarding your anesthesia. Shortly afterwards, you will also be introduced to one of our certified registered nurse anesthetists who completes Anesthesia Care Team. Our CRNAs along with the attending anesthesiologist are responsible for your well-being while you are in surgery. Someone from the Anesthesia Care Team will be present during surgery at all times.
Prior to your surgery, your surgeon and the OR nursing staff will also speak with you to answer any last minute questions you might have. After all the medical personnel have spoken with you, a sedative is often given as we proceed into surgical suite. This sedative often causes an amenestic effect, so you may not remember going to the operating room.
Once your surgery is completed, our team will bring you the Post Anesthesia Care Unit for a recovery period. As your anesthesia begins to wear off, you will be closely monitored for pain and any side effects that develop from your anesthesia. Once you have sufficiently recovered from anesthesia, the recovery room nurses will give you discharge instructions and prescriptions. Subsequently, you will be discharged from the Surgery Center.
One of the nurses will also be calling you on the following day to see how you are recovering from your surgery.