What you can expect before, during, after surgery and at home.
You should arrive at least one and a half hours prior to your surgery, or as directed by your surgeon's office or that surgery center. The OSU Surgery Center (OSC) opens at 6:15 a.m. Check in at the reception desk. The OSC staff will complete your paperwork and ensure you are identified correctly for your procedure.
You will be taken to a private area where you will change into a hospital gown, your medical information will be reviewed for accuracy and an IV will be started.
There will be several care team members who will want to speak to you in preparation for surgery, including:
• Anesthesia provider
Your vital signs, such as your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level, will be monitored.
Your family member or support person will have access to TV monitors located in the surgery center waiting area to track your progress in surgery and recovery. It is important that your family member or support person stay in the facility during your surgical visit so we can find them if we need information or if a care team member needs to speak to him or her.
You will be taken back to the operating room from your private preparation area. The operating room staff will greet you and prepare you for surgery. We will ask you to confirm your identity and the procedure you are about to have. This is part of our patient safety practice to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment.
Once your surgery is complete, your surgeon will update your family member or support person. You will awaken in the recovery room. Managing your pain level is extremely important to us. We want to make sure you are comfortable. We will be asking you to rate your pain often, and we will closely monitor your pain levels while you are coming out of anesthesia.
You may be provided light nourishment when you awaken if permitted by your surgeon. We welcome your family member or support person to be with you as we review your discharge instructions, provide you with prescriptions and answer any of your questions before you go home. It is very important that your family member or support person be there for this step to help you with details since you may still be drowsy from the anesthesia.
After anesthesia, you should rest for 24 hours and clear your day. Do not drive, drink alcoholic beverages or make important decisions/ sign legal documents during this time.
If you have any concerns during the evening, please contact your surgeon. If you have any emergency needs, please go to the closest emergency department. A nurse from the Outpatient Surgery Center will call you the next business day to check on how you are feeling.
Our first concern is your recovery and any medical issues you may have. It is important to us that we provided you exceptional care. We encourage you to ask questions or share concerns when we call you.