Day of Surgery Check-In
Check-in will be in the main surgery services area. This is to the left of the main lobby. Parking for this is outside of the main hospital in lots 9 and 10.
Valet parking is available from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday. If you drive up to the front of the hospital, the valet will assist you during these hours. There is no charge for this service.
You’ll be called back by the admitting nurses after you have registered at the desk. They will ask you to put on a gown and answer some important questions regarding your medications, history and the procedure you are having done.
At times, some patients will have blood drawn, receive an EKG, chest X-ray or other testing that anesthesia or your doctor needs prior to your surgery. Once you have been admitted by the nurse on 1E, you and your family will be directed to the waiting area.
Your family will be asked to provide their name and contact information. This is to allow doctors and staff to update them about you. If they opt in, text updates can be sent to their phones on your progress. You will also be assigned a number which allows your family/friends to view your progress on the communication board in the waiting area.
Your belongings will be placed in a bag that can be locked up on the 1E unit or may be kept by your family.
Immediately After Surgery
Once your surgery has been completed, the surgeon will either come to the waiting area or call to discuss the case with your family. It is important to ask your family to let the volunteers in the waiting area know if they need to leave the area for any reason. They communicate to all parties and can let the doctor or nurses taking care of you know where your family has gone.
You will be in the Post-Anesthesia Care/Recovery Unit for a couple of hours. The nurses will monitor your vital signs, operative site and breathing immediately after you are out of surgery. Most patients are then transported back up to the 1E area to recover further and are sent home from there. Others will be admitted to the hospital for observation and treatment. Some patients may be discharged from the surgical recovery room if the surgery is later in the day.
Your physician will let you know the plan for your type of surgery prior to your surgical date. Some surgeries require the patient to be observed in the hospital for several days while others are considered same-day surgeries and you are allowed to go home. It is generally a good idea to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the night if you are discharged the same day as your surgery.