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What to Expect and FAQ

DSC_0058Upon arrival to the Center you will be greeted by someone from our business office. You will be required to sign insurance and the Surgery Center’s consent form.

From there will you will go to the pre-admissions area where additional medical information may be requested. Your temperature, weight, pulse, respiration rate, and blood pressure will be recorded. You will change into a gown and meet with an anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist will discuss your medical background and the type of anesthesia you will be receiving.

DSC_0020After your chart has been reviewed, our registered nurse will start your intravenous line. You will then be escorted to the surgery room, where the anesthesia will be administered.

Once you have been taken into surgery, your friends or family will be kept informed of your progress by our receptionist.

You will wake up in the Post Operative Area.
Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are the most common questions that are asked by ambulatory surgery patients.
Will I be able to drive myself home?

The surgery center requires that someone must escort every patient home who has had anesthesia and/or sedation. The effects from these drugs may take 24 hours to disappear and it is advised to patients that have been administered these drugs have someone to take care of them until the drowsiness is gone.
When can I eat and drink normally?

A light meal is suggested if you have nausea and/or vomiting, sips of ginger ale with soda crackers are best.
When should I resume my normal medication?

You should continue taking our usual medication when you arrive home, unless you are instructed not to do so by your surgeon.
How long will the pain last?

The type of surgery will determine the duration of pain. In general, the most difficult time for pain is the night after surgery. Your doctor will give you a prescription for pain medication if one is required. Ibuprofen or aspirin should only be taken if your surgeon allows, since these medications may lead to increased bleeding.
Will I experience any side effects from the anesthesia?

Nausea sometimes occurs after having general anesthesia and sedation, and may continue in a mild state for a day or two after surgery. Moving around, riding in a car, force-feeding and drinking can all increase the feelings of nausea. Medication can be prescribed for severe vomiting, otherwise you will be fine in a few days.

Enough intravenous (I.V.) fluid will be given during surgery so that you will not be in danger of dehydration if you cannot eat or drink immediately when you arrive at home. The I.V. will remain in place until you are ready to leave for home, just in case you need treatment for nausea, vomiting or other conditions.

You may also have some anesthesia gases as well as the breathing tube that are sometimes needed for anesthesia. This may cause some throat soreness, which will go away naturally in a few days.
When can I resume normal exercise and work?

Your surgeon may have special instructions regarding exercise since excessive muscle use may put newly placed sutures at risk. You may feel tired, with less than normal energy level for a week. When you can return to work depends on what type of job you have.
Should I worry when bleeding occurs?

Some degree of bleeding is expected after surgery. Excessive bleeding and/or bleeding associated with fainting and loss of consciousness should be reported to your surgeon. Before you leave for home, you will receive written instructions about bleeding and wound care.