Your Surgical Stay
From same-day procedures to long-term hospital stays, Affinity is committed to your health and comfort
Outpatient surgery, sometimes called ambulatory surgery or same-day surgery, allows the patient to return home on the same day. If you are having an elected procedure, most likely it will be performed in an outpatient setting, and may occur in a doctor’s office, rather than an operating room.
Most patients undergoing an outpatient procedure need to arrive one to two hours prior to surgery. During this time, preparatory paperwork, shots and antibiotics are administered. If complications happen during the operation, the surgeon may admit you to the hospital for observation.
If you require inpatient surgery, you will need to stay in the hospital for at least one night. This stay allows the surgeon to observe you for any complications from the surgery.
There are steps you can take to make your overnight stay more comfortable. You can bring your own pillow, a book, magazines and even an MP3 player. Wireless internet access is available in the hospital. Before your surgery, talk with your doctor and the nursing staff about items you would like to bring for your stay.
There are two types of anesthesia: general and local. General anesthesia fully “knocks out” the patients so they are unconscious during the operation. Local anesthesia is administered to the area of the body undergoing the procedure. The patient is usually awake with local anesthesia.
An anesthesiologist administers anesthesia via an intravenous (IV) drip or through a mask. The anesthesiologist is specially trained to determine which drugs are appropriate for you and in what amounts. He or she has a medical degree in anesthesiology and has completed a residency.
Before your procedure, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything, including chewing gum, hard candies and water, 12 hours prior to surgery. Food and drink interfere with the effectiveness of anesthesia. If you inadvertently eat or drink before your surgery, please tell your nurse immediately.
After your procedure
After your procedure, you will be taken to a recovery room. Here you will gradually regain consciousness with the supervision of the anesthesiologist and the nurse anesthetist. Most patients remain in the recovery room for an hour. After your stay in the recovery room you will:
Outpatients: be given specific instructions about recuperation at home, including medications and follow-up care.
Inpatients: be moved to a designated patient room where you will be observed for changes (both good and bad) in your recuperation.
During your hospital stay, you will be seen by a hospitalist. A hospitalist is a physician who is solely devoted to the patients in a hospital. He or she does not have a private practice and coordinates patient care from admission to discharge. The hospitalist works with your primary care physician and specialists on treatment options and questions about your care.