Surgery: What to Expect
You have been referred by your provider to Englewood Surgery Center for a surgical procedure. Below is a brief description on what you can expect before, during and after your procedure.
~ You will be scheduled for a “Pre-Op Physical” exam prior to your surgery.
Please bring an updated list of all your medications for the provider doing your physical exam and the nurse who will see you in ESC. Once the physical exam is completed, you will be given an order for blood work and escorted to the surgery center for an EKG.
~ The nurse will review your health history and medications at the time of your EKG and discuss details of surgical day and post operative instructions.
~ The anesthesiologist for your case may call you the night before surgery. If you do NOT receive a phone call, he will speak with you the morning of surgery to review your health history and answer any questions you may have.
~ You will need to fast (NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK) from 10pm the night before your surgery.
If you take medication for any health issues, please discuss this with your provider during your pre-op physical exam.
~ Please leave all valuables at home.
~ Dress in comfortable clothing that is loose fitting for ease after your procedure.
~ Please refrain from using any fragranced lotion, perfume of cologne.
~ You will need to arrive 1 hour prior to your surgery time. You must have a driver arranged to take you home. A family member or friend is welcome to accompany you and stay in the pre-op area until you are taken to surgery. The entrance to the surgery center is on the SOUTH side of CCSI. If there is nobody in the lobby to greet you, please have a seat. We ask that you do not have small children in the pre-operative area.
~ You will be asked to change into a gown and put on TED hose.
~ An IV will be started by your pre-op nurse.
~ Any consents necessary for your procedure will be reviewed and signed.
~ The anesthesiologist, surgeon and physicians assistant will all be in to see you and answer any further questions you may have.
~ Once you are taken to the OR on a stretcher, you will be hooked up to a blood pressure cuff, a heart monitor (3 sticky patches placed on your back) and a pulse oximetry finger probe.
~ Once you are asleep, you will be moved to the OR table for surgery to begin.
~ Your family member or friend will be asked to wait in our lobby or the lobby for CCSI. One of the surgical nurses will keep them informed of the surgery start, mid-way through the procedure, and near the end of the case. The surgeon will meet with them briefly after the surgery.
~ You will be transferred to the PACU area for recovery. Your family member or friend will be brought to the area once you are awake. They are welcome to stay in the PACU area or in the lobby.
~ Recovery time with us varies from patient to patient. You will be discharged home once you have tolerated a snack and drink. We also need to be sure you are able to urinate before leaving. We will again review post op instructions with you and your family member/friend prior to discharge.