If this is your first procedure at the Outpatient and Surgery Center at Rutherford Regional, here are some things you can expect during your stay.
We will review your paperwork and pre-registration is complete and correct. We’ll also make sure your lab reports and other preparation work is in order for your doctor to review before the procedure.
We’ll double-check that our lab reports and other prep work are in order for the doctor to review before the procedure.
We’ll make sure the rooms for your procedure and your recovery are clean and ready with the appropriate supplies in them. The room will likely be cold to minimize bacterial growth.
We’ll let you know if there are any unforeseen delays with other patients in the surgery area. And we’ll make sure there’s plenty of time for your procedure, including the administering of IVs and other physician orders.
An anesthesiologist or anesthetist will explain the type of anesthesia that will be given to you and the special care you will need. Be sure you understand the recovery time and requirements of your anesthesia.
There are three different kinds of anesthesia:
- General Anesthesia: This makes you completely unconscious. General anesthesia is injected or inhaled. Usually a mixture of medicine and/or gases is given for best results. General anesthesia is recommended for procedures that take a long time, result in a significant loss of blood, exposes you to a cold environment or affects your breathing.
- Regional Anesthesia: This is used to numb the body part or area that is to have the operation without affecting the vital organs. Most patients receiving a regional anesthesia will also receive sedation medicine through an IV.
- Local Anesthesia: This is regional anesthesia limited to a more focused part of the body receiving the procedure.
After talking to the anesthesiologist or anesthetist, you will be asked to sign a form giving your permission for anesthesia.
Waiting during a surgical procedure
Family and friends waiting during surgery can ask for a pager and wait in the Surgery Waiting Area. To get there, use the elevators in the Outpatient Lobby and go upstairs to the GROUND floor (press "G" when you get on the elevator).
At the Surgery Waiting Area, give the pager number to the volunteer. The pager will reach anywhere in the hospital, including the cafeteria and gift shop.
The operating room team will call out to the Surgery Waiting Area and let your family know the approximate time the procedure will start. They can expect an update every hour after the first one, but if the surgery is shorter than an hour there will be just one.
After the procedure, the doctor will come out and speak with your family. During this time, you will be in the Recovery Room for 20 minutes to an hour.
After the procedure
After leaving the Recovery Room, you will come back to your Outpatient Room where you started. Once you are comfortable, the Outpatient Nurse will page your family back to your room.
- Outpatient: After the doctor has spoken with your family, they may return to the Outpatient Lobby (use the elevator from the Surgery Waiting Area and press "LL") and wait to be paged.
- Admitting: If you are to be admitted, your family can wait in the Surgery Waiting Area until a room has been assigned. Once you have been taken to your room, then your family may visit and bring your belongings.
If there are any delays prior to your family member being taken to the OR Holding Area, the Outpatient Nurses will do their best to keep you and your family updated.
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask one of us. We want you and your family to be as comfortable as possible and that the procedure goes smoothly.