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Preparing for Surgery

What will my surgery center stay be like?

You will most likely be "groggy" at first from the medications you receive in surgery. You will be transported from the recovery room to your private/shared room once your surgeon or your anesthesiologist deems it safe for you to be transferred. Once you are fully awake, you will be able to drink and eat as tolerated. Your vital signs, urinary output and any drainage will be monitored closely by your nurse. Pain management will be monitored closely. Make sure to talk with your doctor before surgery about your pain management options. You may receive pain medicine through your IV, through the epidural or in shots or pills. It may also be administered intravenously by "pain pump" for the first 24 hours, which allows you to control your own pain level up to a predetermined dosage.

What should I bring to the Center?

Bring all of your personal toiletries, comfortable, loose fitting clothing, slip-on non-skid shoes or slippers with closed backs, a list of current medications including dosages and any paperwork the Center has requested. If you have a walker, cane or crutches, have someone bring them at discharge so the physical therapist can check them for size and stability. Leave all valuables at home.

When should I arrive at the hospital for surgery?

You should arrive 1 ½ hours before surgery time to go through admissions, change into hospital clothing, meet the anesthesiologist and nursing personnel and address any questions about the procedure. Do not eat or drink after 9:00 pm the night before your surgery. You may be allowed to take pre-approved medication with the least amount of water necessary. Report any medication taken, along with dosage, to your admitting nurse.

Do I need to be "put to sleep" for this surgery?

You may have a general anesthetic, which most people call being "put to sleep." Some patients prefer a spinal or epidural anesthetic, which numbs your legs without requiring you to sleep. You can discuss options with your anesthesiologist.

What kinds of tests will I need before surgery?

Some patients may be required to have routine blood work and urinalysis at least 14 days before surgery. You may also have a physical examination prior to the surgical date. Patients over 70, and those with cardiac, respiratory or significant medical history, will require a clearance for surgery by their primary care physician, cardiologist and/or pulmonologist. Most pre-admission testing can be performed either by your primary care physician or at the Surgery Center where the procedure will be performed.

Will I need to donate blood before surgery?

No.

Are there any medications I need to take before surgery?

Please discuss with your surgeon. Typically pre-op instructions, including any necessary medications will be discussed with your surgeon prior to surgery.

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