Methodist Healthcare offers an alternative to overnight hospitalization in a comfortable and convenient atmosphere.
Today's medical advanced have made it possible for patients in good health to have non-emergency surgery and return home the same day. Our surgery center offers an alternative to overnight hospitalization in a comfortable and convenient atmosphere. For appropriate patients and procedures, same-day surgery can be performed with minimum interruption of family and business schedules and at a significant cost savings over inpatient care.
Highly skilled, experienced surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other caring staff members will take the time to care for your physical and emotional needs and answer any questions you may have. They will ensure that family and friends who accompany you are comfortable and informed of your progress during your stay.
Preparing For Your Surgery
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding your health history and physical state at your physician's office. This information will be forwarded to the anesthesiologist and staff at our center. The anesthesia team will review the information and may contact you if they have questions or need to give you specific instructions. Otherwise, they will meet you the day of your scheduled surgery. You may also receive lab tests before your surgery.
A nurse will contact you the day before surgery, confirm your appointment and give you any specific instructions to prepare for your surgery. Here are some steps you can take to ensure a safe surgery and quick recovery:
- Arrange transportation to drive you to and from the surgery center.
- Carefully follow the diet instructions to ensure your surgery is performed on the day that it is scheduled.
- Refrain from smoking before your surgery.
- Do not drink alcohol the day before your surgery.
- If you get a fever, cold or rash, contact your doctor before surgery.
What to Bring
Insurance cards and picture ID.
A list of regular medications.
At the registration desk, you will provide your insurance card and identification. After you register, a nurse will direct you to the pre-operative area. You will be asked to put on a hospital gown, which ties in the back, and an identification bracelet. You may be asked to remove dentures or bridges.
A nurse will obtain your vital signs and weight, and an intravenous (IV) may be started. Laboratory tests and an EKG may be obtained at this time if needed. If you are of childbearing age, a pregnancy test will be performed as ordered by your physician.
The goal of the anesthesia team is to provide the best medical and anesthesia care possible during surgery with safe and effective pain control. A highly skilled anesthesia team member will monitor your condition and provide medications as needed. The three main types of anesthesia provided by the anesthesia team are:
- General Anesthesia - You are totally asleep during the surgery and aware of nothing.
- Regional Anesthesia - Certain areas of your body are numbed with regional anesthesia so that you do not feel pain. You also may receive medications to help you relax.
- Monitored Sedation - You will be given medication to keep you relaxed and comfortable. You may be awake during the surgery, or drift into a light sleep.
Some minor procedures are performed using an agent injected by your surgeon that provides local numbing of the area. Your surgeon may or may not schedule an anesthesia member to be present.
The Surgical Procedure
When you have been prepared for surgery, you will be taken to the operating room suite. At this time, your friends or family members will be asked to wait in the lobby. The operating room provides a safe and sterile environment for your surgery.
Routine monitoring equipment will be placed on you, such as a blood pressure cuff and EKG pads for heart monitoring. Medications will be administered through the IV. Team members will remain with you at all times. Your surgeon will communicate with your family or friends immediately after surgery or at your follow up appointment.
The Recovery Period
After your procedure, you will be taken to an area called the post-anesthesia care unit. You will be monitored and cared for as you recover from the anesthetic. Registered nurses will give you mediations as needed to keep you comfortable and to help maintain appropriate vital signs during this time. To constantly monitor your progress, a nurse will remain immediately accessible to you. Your family member or friend may join you when you are awake and ready to see them and remain with you until you are discharged.
Preparing to Go Home
The nurse will help you prepare to go home. Specific instructions will be discussed with you and you will be given a written copy to take home. The staff will inform you of potential problems for which you may need to contact your doctor. Please let the nurse know if you have any questions or if the instructions are unclear.
What to Expect at Home
When you return home, you may nap or sleep the rest of the day. To ensure your safety, plan to have someone with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure. If you have any questions, please contact your surgeon.
The Wolf River Surgery center is an outpatient surgical facility.
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