The Day of your Surgery
Go to the main entrance or outpatient surgery entrance and the volunteers will guide you from there. Allow yourself some extra time to finalize registration and take care of any additional pre-surgery steps. You will be given an ID bracelet, which you will wear throughout your hospital stay. If you’ll be running late, let us know as soon as possible at 979-.
After registration you will be escorted to the pre-op area. In pre-op, a registered nurse will prepare you for surgery. In this area you will:
- Sign your informed consent. Read it carefully. It lists:
- Your name
- The kind of surgery you will have
- The risks of your surgery
- That you talked to your doctor about the surgery and asked questions
- Your agreement to have the surgery
- Change from your clothing into a hospital gown
- Get an IV
- Possibly have your surgical site clipped and scrubbed
- Meet your surgery team including your anesthesiologist to discuss your anesthesia care.
- When your pre-op is complete, two visitors are allowed to wait with you until you are taken back for surgery.
Before Your Surgery
Your surgeon will mark the spot on your body to be operated on. If you are having spine surgery, a second check using X-rays in the operating room will confirm the correct location for your surgery. Make sure your surgeon marks only the correct part and nowhere else. This helps to ensure that the correct surgery will be performed.
Marking usually happens when you are awake. Sometimes you cannot be awake for the marking. If this happens, a family member, friend or another health care worker can watch the marking. They can make sure that your correct body part is marked.
Ask your surgeon if they will take a “time out” just before your surgery. This is done to make sure they are doing the right surgery on the right body part on the right person.
Frequently patients are given medication to help them relax prior to going into surgery. As a result, you may not remember anything about your arrival in the operating room. However, if you should remember, you may notice that it is a very busy place as we ensure that everything about your planned surgery procedure is safe. The lights are bright and the temperature is cool. You will be provided with warm blankets or a warming device because it is very important that we keep you warm for your surgery. At all times, you will be taken care of by a team of professionals who are concentrating on you and working to ensure the best outcome from your planned procedure. The length of the surgery and recovery time at the hospital will depend on the specific
After your surgery
Once the surgery is complete, you’ll be taken into the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. There you will receive constant care from a post-anesthesia care nurse. As the anesthetic wears off, noises may sound louder than usual. You may have blurry vision, a dry mouth and chills. Your nurse will continuously assess you for pain and administer medications as needed. Once your vital signs are stable, your pain is managed and you have met specific transfer criteria you will transferred to one of the inpatient nursing units or to our outpatient same day unit for further recovery prior to your discharge home.
After anesthesia, deep breathing and coughing are important to expand the lungs and help prevent pneumonia. Walking is usually encouraged after surgery and helps to promote circulation and a more rapid return to a healthier state of well being. Your doctor may also give you a special diet until your body is able to digest food.
- Tell your doctor or nurse about your pain. Hospitals and other surgical facilities that are accredited by The Joint Commission must help relieve your pain.
- Ask questions about medicines that are given to you, especially new medicines. What is it? What is it for? Are there any side effects? Tell your caregivers about any allergies you have to medicines. If you have more questions about a medicine, talk to your doctor or nurse before taking it.
- Find out about any IV (intravenous) fluids that you are given. These are liquids that drip from a bag into your vein. Ask how long the liquid should take to “run out.” Tell the nurse if it seems to be dripping too fast or too slow.
- Ask your doctor if you will need therapy or medicines after you leave the hospital.
- Ask when you can resume activities like work, exercise and travel.
College Station Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and guidelines on this webpage have been developed in conjunction with The Joint Commission Speak Up Program. The goal of the Speak Up program is to help patients become more informed and involved in their health care. Learn more at www.jointcommission.org.