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You will be escorted to the pre-op area in order to change into hospital attire in preparation for surgery.
A nurse will take your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, etc.) and go through a list of questions to ensure you are ready for surgery.
The surgeon and/or resident will talk with you to answer any last minute questions you might have.
The anesthesiologist will talk with you to review your options for anesthesia and pain control. An intravenous (IV) line will be started to prevent you from becoming dehydrated and introduce the following medications before going to the operating room:
Antibiotics to decrease the risks of infections
Pain medications, as necessary
The IV line will remain in place for several days after surgery until you are able to take liquids by mouth.
You will find the same questions will be asked repeatedly. This is for your safety to ensure accuracy of information obtained.
Your family/friends will then be directed to the surgical waiting area just prior to your departure to the operating room. Please have a family member/friend available in the waiting area throughout the procedure in order for the surgeon to have a contact person to give any pertinent information necessary with regards to your condition.
In the operating room
Once you are under general anesthesia:
A catheter (called a "Foley catheter") is placed in your bladder to collect and record urine output.
A naso-gastric (NG) tube is passed through your nose, down your throat and into your stomach. This tube removes secretions from your stomach that may cause postoperative nausea and vomiting. In most cases this NG tube is removed before you wake up.
The length of surgery varies from patient to patient and is determined by the general health of the individual and how complicated the surgery is.
Following surgery, you will be taken to the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) also called the recovery room. You will be in recovery anywhere from 1 to 2 hours and transferred to your room as long as you are in stable condition.
Your doctor will meet your family after surgery in the waiting area to discuss your condition.
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