Surgery Patient Information
Your surgeon will provide you with specific information and instructions about your procedure.
Getting Ready for Surgery
After your doctor recommends surgery and you consent, your doctor's office will schedule your procedure at Methodist or Proctor. Depending on the type of surgery, your procedure will be scheduled on an outpatient or inpatient basis.
Your doctor's staff may also schedule pre-op (before surgery) blood tests, a chest x-ray, and/or an EKG, depending on your medical history.
A registered nurse will call you (a few days before surgery) to give you important information about eating and drinking before surgery, taking your usual medications, and information about anesthesia. You will also receive driving and parking directions to the location of your surgery.
Our nurse will provide you with a time to report to the hospital. This time is generally two hours prior to your scheduled surgery time. This allows you to relax, ask questions, and receive any medications that might be needed before surgery.
Communication is a top priority. Our surgery staff keeps your family informed during every phase of the surgery process.
While you are in surgery, your loved ones can rest in our comfortable family waiting room. Snacks, tv, Wi-Fi, coffee, and hot tea are provided.
After the procedure is done, your surgeon will meet with your family in a private room to explain what was done and to answer any questions.
After your surgery is finished, your anesthesia provider and other members of your surgery team will take you to the recovery room. There a highly trained post-anesthesia nurse will closely monitor your vital signs (temperature, pulse, breathing, and blood pressure).
As you become more alert, your nurse will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of zero to 10. Rest assured we will control any pain you might experience.
If you have outpatient surgery, you will be moved from the main recovery room to the Phase II recovery area as you continue to wake up from anesthesia. You will be released to go home after your nurse determines you are ready, typically a few hours after the surgery ends.
If you have surgery that requires hospitalization, you will be transported from the main recovery room to a patient care unit. We will escort your family to your hospital room.
When it's time for you to go home, your nurse will give you instructions to help you achieve a full recovery.
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