DURING YOUR SURGERY FAQS
When you arrive at the facility, you will be warmly welcomed by a member of our team. The admission process is usually very quick as we have obtained most of your information prior to your arrival. This final check allows us to verify all of your key information so we can better serve you. Once the admitting phase is complete, you will be escorted to the pre-operative area by one of our nurses.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP ENSURE THAT I HAVE THE PROPER PROCEDURE ON THE CORRECT SITE?
Your safety is our primary concern. Your entire health care team will follow rigorous guidelines regarding site identification and procedure confirmation. National Patient Safety Goals have been developed which require your involvement too. You will be asked numerous times to confirm your identity, the procedure you are having, and the surgical site. You should take a very active role in all discussions with your physician, your anesthesia provider and our staff regarding the identification of your procedure and the correct surgical site. Routinely, your surgeon will mark the site prior to your procedure.
WILL I SEE MY SURGEON PRIOR TO MY PROCEDURE?
Most likely. The nature of most procedures will require that you and your surgeon confirm both the specific type of procedure you are having as well as the surgical site of that procedure.
HOW LONG WILL MY PROCEDURE LAST?
From check-in to check-out, plan to be at the surgery center for 2-3 hours; however, actual surgery time is 5-6 minutes.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA WILL I RECEIVE?
Routinely, we use what is considered “Conscious Sedation.” You will be given oral medications to help you relax during the procedure. Conscious sedation lets you recover quickly and return to your everyday activities soon after your procedure. The eye itself will be numbed with topical eye drops…no shots!
WILL I BE AWAKE DURING MY PROCEDURE?
Regardless of the type of anesthesia you receive, you will be fully awake during the procedure and will be able to breathe on your own and should not feel any pain. Because the procedure is painless and takes only 5-6 minutes, this light sedation should keep you comfortable while decreasing your recovery time and minimizing the risks to your health. After conscious sedation, you may feel drowsy and not remember much about your procedure.
WILL I BE REQUIRED TO HAVE AN IV?
Most patients do well with medications taken mouth; however, in special cases IV sedation is required. This will be determined by your anesthesia provider, who will speak with you before surgery and answer any questions that you may have.