When the surgery is over the doctor will speak with your family. If there are any major problems during the operation, the doctor will be in contact with your family. If the operation is taking longer than expected, this is not a reason to worry.
What happens during surgery?
- Morning of surgery
- Shower again using antibacterial soap and dress in freshly washed clothing.
- You may brush your teeth.
- If you have instructions to take regular medication the morning of surgery, do so with small sips of water.
- Remove makeup, body piercings and nail polish.
- Arrive at the hospital 2 hours before (surgery center 1 hour before) your scheduled surgery time to complete the necessary paperwork and pre-procedure work-ups.
At the hospital
The nurse will ask you to remove your clothing (including underwear and socks) and to put on a hospital gown. In addition, you should remove any contact lenses, dentures, wigs, hairpins, jewelry or artificial limbs. Please give these and other personal belongings to your visitors to hold while you are in surgery and until you are in your assigned room.
An anesthesiologist will talk with you and explain the effects of anesthesia and its risks. An intravenous (IV) line will be placed in your arm. You will be given antibiotics to decrease the risk of infection.You will be transported to the Operating Room on a stretcher. At that time, the nurse will direct your visitors to the Surgery Waiting Area. When surgery is over, your doctor will phone your visitors there.Once in the OR, you will be given anesthesia. Your surgery will take several hours. This time, a frame includes the skin preparation, positioning and anesthesia time.