What to Expect When You Come in for a Surgical Procedure
Surgery can seem overwhelming when you don’t know what to expect. Our surgical team of doctors, nurses and operating room technicians brings extensive experience and expertise to your care, as well as a focus on clear communication about your options, preparation and recovery.
Both inpatient and outpatient surgery is available to you in a friendly, professional environment equipped with state-of-the-art surgical equipment and technology.
The guidelines below will help prepare you for what to expect when you come in for surgery.
When your doctor schedules your procedure, you will be given instructions about any pre-operative testing needed before the date of surgery and where to go for that testing. You’ll be informed about any special diet to follow and medications or eye drops to use in preparation for the procedure. These instructions will be given to you in writing by the doctor’s office staff.
Before Your Procedure
A day or two before your procedure, you’ll receive a call from one of our registered nurses letting you know where and when to report in. (Or, if you’re already a patient in the hospital, and you and your doctor decide you need surgery, the surgeon will explain this to you in your hospital room, have you sign a consent form and answer your questions.)
For your safety, during this call, we’ll verify all of your most current medical history and medications, and make sure you know which of your medications to take on the day of surgery. We ask all patients to not eat or drink after midnight the night before the procedure (including water). If you’re instructed to take any of your medications the morning of your surgery, please take it with just a small sip of water. During this call, feel free to ask any questions you have. We want you to be informed and comfortable about your procedure.
The Day of Surgery
On the day of your procedure, you’ll arrive at the facility, check into the main reception area, and be escorted to the pre-op holding area. After signing consent for your procedure, your blood pressure, pulse and temperature will be taken. Most patients will have an IV started. The nurse will review your chart and verify the information on it with you. You’ll meet your anesthesia provider at this time, who will answer any questions or concerns you may have about the anesthetic.
In many cases, after all your questions are answered, the nurse or anesthesia provider will give you medication through your IV to help you relax. You will be transported to the operating room for your procedure.
When your surgery is completed, you’ll be transported to the recovery room for at least an hour. You’ll be cared for by a registered nurse, and an anesthesia provider will be available at all times as you recover.
- Inpatient surgery: You’ll be moved from the recovery room and continue to recover from your surgery on a nursing unit in the hospital. Your surgeon, anesthesia provider and nursing staff will monitor your progress around the clock until your discharge from the hospital. When you’re discharged, you’ll be given verbal and written instructions from your nurse and doctor. This will include information about home care and when to return to your doctor’s office for follow up.
- Outpatient, or same-day, surgery: After a time of close supervision and monitoring, you’ll be helped to change into your clothes and prepared to go home. We’ll explain your discharge instructions and also give them to you in writing. In the days following your procedure, you’ll receive a phone call from one of our registered nurses to check on your progress and reinforce your discharge instructions. We’ll answer any questions you have and give you further information as needed. We’re dedicated to providing you with a safe, successful and comfortable outpatient surgery experience.
If you have additional questions, feel free to call:
- Surgical Department: (760) 366-6132, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Airway Surgery Center located in Yucca Valley: (760) 366-6417, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.