On the day of your procedure, you will report at an assigned time communicated to you before your procedure date. You will be asked to present your insurance or Medicare ID card and complete registration.
After registering at the admitting desk, you will be directed to the waiting area and a nurse will call for you at the appropriate time. If you wish, a family member or friend may stay with you during the admitting process.
Once in your room, anesthesia will talk with you to review your medical history, assess your physical condition and discuss anesthesia options best suited for you. An IV will be started to give you fluids and later any necessary medications. An operating room nurse will be in to visit with you to complete the surgical verification process prior to your transportation to the surgical suite.
Following surgery, you may spend a short time in the recovery room or go directly back to the same-day area depending on the type of surgery and anesthesia given. Parents of young children and caretakers of special needs patients are allowed in the recovery room at a time determined appropriate by the staff. For privacy reasons, other visitors are usually not allowed in the recovery room. You will be reunited with your family in your hospital room or step-down area when you have recovered from the effects of anesthesia.