During Surgery

  1. Once at the facility, you will be taken into a private pre-operative room and asked to undress and put on a surgical gown, cap, and booties. You will have a physical examination and a set of vital signs taken (blood pressure, heart rate, respirations, and oxygen saturation). The nurse will then place an IV catheter in you for medication administration. The surgeon and anesthesiologist will then interview and examine you prior to your surgery.
  2. Once your surgery is complete, you will be immediately taken to the recovery area where an acute care nurse will care for you and your needs. Your blood pressure, heart rate, respirations, and oxygen saturation will be closely monitored while you are recovering from the anesthesia. During this time, the surgeon will speak with your family member or friend regarding the surgery.
  3. The acute care nurse will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible. You will be asked several times to rate your pain or discomfort level. Your pain or discomfort will then be treated accordingly.
  4. Once you are awake and alert, your family or friend can be brought back to join you in the recovery area.
  5. The acute care nurse will go over detailed discharge instructions with you and the friend or family member. You will receive a copy of the discharge instructions to go home with you. Among these instructions, you will not be able to drive for 24 hours and you should not stay by yourself the day of surgery.


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