What will a typical experience be like?


Your surgeon will schedule your procedure with the hospital. Prior to the day of surgery you will be asked to come to the hospital for a pre-operative evaluation which may include laboratory testing, EKG and a Chest X-ray. Some patients, depending on the type of surgical procedure, may not require testing.

Most patients will not be allowed to eat or drink from mid night the night before surgery. Exceptions are those patients who have surgery scheduled later in the day and some pediatric patients. In those cases only clear liquids are allowed. Also, patients may be instructed to take their medications with a small sip of water on the morning of surgery.

Most patients will be admitted to the ambulatory unit approximately 1 hour prior to their surgical procedure. Some patients are admitted to the hospital the night before surgery. While we make every effort to ensure your procedure starts on time there is always the possibility of unanticipated delays. Your anesthesiologist will review your medical record and ask any pertinent questions. Following will be a discussion of your anesthetic plan including risks, benefits and alternatives available to you, as well as any remaining questions you may have.


Upon arrival to the Operating Room the anesthesia team will apply all necessary monitoring devices, as well as an intravenous line if one is not already present. You will see your surgeon prior to the start of anesthesia and have the opportunity to ask any pending questions at that time. Next, you are likely to receive some sedation followed by the administration of your anesthetic.

Post - op

After general or regional anesthesia you are brought to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU or Recovery Room) to recover from your anesthetic. After monitored anesthesia care, you may go to the PACU or directly back to the ambulatory unit or your hospital room.

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