The Day of Surgery
On the day of surgery, we ask that you:
- Bring your reading glasses if needed, you will have forms to complete and sign.
- Bring a list of all current medications (including vitamins and herbals), the dosage and how often you take them.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing and simple shoes to make getting dressed after your surgery easy. Do not wear any jewelry of any kind.
- Bring your insurance cards and driver’s license for the admitting process.
- Escorts are asked to remain in the building while the patient is in surgery. If you must step out, please tell the receptionist.
You will be asked to remove dentures and glasses/contacts when getting ready for surgery, so please bring your cases with you.
Your anesthesiologist, surgeon, and operating room nurse will visit you in pre-op. They will re-verify information and answer any questions you may have. You will be in pre-op for about an hour. After your surgery, you will be taken directly to the recovery room where you will again be monitored by nurses.
The Recovery Room
Your escort will be allowed in the Recovery Room with you when it is appropriate. For the privacy of you and other patients, limited visitors are allowed in the recovery area. You will be offered crackers and a light beverage. The length of time you will be in the Recovery Room is dependent on the type of procedure and anesthesia you had, your pain level, and your ability to tolerate fluids.
Once you are awake and alert, the nurse will review with you and your care-giver the instructions written by your physician which you are to follow at home. You will be given a copy of your discharge instructions to take home with you.
Please note: Everyone reacts to surgery differently. In some cases, the patient may need to be admitted to the hospital following the surgery for specific medical reasons. If the need arises, be assured that this decision will be made in conjunction with anesthesia personnel and your surgeon. You will be admitted to the Medical Center of Trinity or Florida Hospital Carrollwood.
When You Go Home
Please follow these instructions when you get home if you have had anesthesia/sedation:
- You must have your care-giver stay with you for the first 24 hours. You may be drowsy or dizzy and unsteady on your feet.
- Rest and relax. You have just had surgery. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for resuming your normal activities.
- Eat a light meal when you get hungry. Eating too much, or heavy foods, may cause you to become nauseated.
- Remember to follow your doctor’s instructions on resuming any previous medications you had been on, as well as taking any pain medication prescribed for you.
- Do NOT drive, drink alcoholic beverages or operate heavy machinery or power tools for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
- If you feel you are experiencing any problems after your discharge, call your doctor’s office immediately. If your doctor is not available call the Emergency Room at your local hospital or 9-1-1 if it is an extreme emergency.
After your surgery, you will receive a phone call from a member of our nursing staff to check on your progress.