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When your procedure is scheduled, you will be instructed when to arrive at the hospital. Please be at the 3rd floor of the Advanced Medicine Center by this time. After you are checked in, you will be asked to change into a gown, have an IV placed. You may have some lab work drawn at this time if this has not already been arranged previously on a case-by-case basis.
During the procedure, you will be given pain medication and a sedative, but will remain awake and breathing for yourself. A patient controlled pain pump (PCA) will be connected to your IV at the end of the procedure to ensure you have adequate pain control following. Other medications will be available to you to treat symptoms such as nausea.
You will go to your hospital room after the procedure. Your PCA pump will stay connected usually until the following morning, but for as long as needed. Once it isn't necessary, oral pain medications will be started.
Once you are awake and feeling up to it, you will have food and drinks available to you. Slowly restarting these, first with water, is recommended to prevent nausea.