Report to the front desk. The surgeon will see you before surgery to discuss any last minute questions you may have. You should plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your scheduled time of surgery. A parent or a legal guardian must accompany patients under the age of 18.
If family members are present in the waiting room, the surgeon will make every effort to talk with them after surgery.
Going to the operating room is not a normal experience for most people. The surgeon and his staff recognize that this anxiety is natural as most people approach this step in the process of achieving their goals. A description of the surgical experience will be helpful to increase your understanding of this event.
After checking in to the clinic, you will proceed to the preoperative holding room. You will change into a surgical gown. The surgeon will meet you in the pre-operative room. At this time, final surgical planning will take place. Basic preparation including drawing on your skin, if needed, will take place at this time.
Once you enter the operating room, the operating room staff will do their best to make you feel comfortable and secure. To ensure your safety, the staff will connect you to monitoring devices. Anesthetic will be given thru intravenous line.
When your surgery is completed and the dressings are in place, you will be moved to the recovery room. You will stay connected to monitoring equipment. During this time a fully trained recovery nurse will remain with you. Your stay in the recovery room will depend on the length of your surgery but generally last from 1-3 hours.
You must arrange for someone to bring you to the clinic and drive you home.