When You Arrive
What You Need to Do Before Surgery
Make every effort to prevent getting sick before surgery:
- Continue to stay close to home.
- Follow social distancing recommendations and good handwashing hygiene. It’s important that your friend or family member who drops you off and picks you up from your procedure also observes these protective measures.
- Avoid contact with other people, when possible, before your surgery date.
- Watch for any symptoms of COVID-19 before your surgery day.
What Happens on the Day of Your Surgery?
Please arrive one hour before your scheduled surgery time, unless you’ve been told otherwise. This helps to ensure your surgery starts on time.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our staff members in the outpatient surgery waiting room. You can expect:
- All of our staff members to be wearing masks for the protection of everyone in the clinic.
- To be given a mask to wear.
- One of our nurses to check you in after you complete your paperwork.
- To be asked if you have any new symptoms and have your temperature taken.
- Questions about your health history.
- One of our anesthesiologists to visit with you to explain what will happen during your surgery.
If you’re nervous or anxious about your procedure, please don’t hesitate to speak up and ask questions. We’re here for you. We want you to understand what to expect so you can feel reassured that you are in expert hands.
Surgery for Children
Children rarely have experience with outpatient surgery or anesthesia. That’s why we are sensitive to the unique emotional needs of children facing a surgical procedure.
If your child is having surgery, you will:
- Stay with your child in every area of the Outpatient Surgery Center, except the room where the surgery takes place.
- Receive a report from the surgeon immediately following the procedure.
- See your child in the recovery room shortly after the surgery is over.
Support of Family & Friends
We know it’s important for you to have the support of family and friends when you have surgery. Invite your family to stay with you while you’re in the Outpatient Surgery Center until you’re ready for surgery.
Things to keep in mind:
- Bring a picture ID with you
- Bring a list of your medications
- Leave valuables like jewelry at home
- Wear something comfortable, and bring a sweater if needed
- Remember your glasses or contacts
- Please bring only one or two visitors with you
- Please do not bring children who are not having surgery
- Bring a favorite toy or something for your child to do until surgery
- Wireless internet is available for your convenience
We’ll keep in touch with your family during your surgery to let them know how you’re doing.
You will recover from surgery in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) after your surgery. The nurses will monitor you closely. Please let your nurse know if you’re in pain. He or she will give you medicine to control the pain, or you also may receive patient-controlled analgesia (PCA).
Other considerations you should be aware of as you recover and prepare to go home:
- Parents may see small children as soon as they are awake
- One or two visitors may stay with you in the recovery room
- Surgeon will talk to your family while you’re in the recovery room