Most patients will begin and end their visit in the private rooms of this unit. Here you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. You will also receive an ID bracelet to wear until you go home. An intravenous (IV) line may be started in an arm or hand vein before surgery. This IV will provide medications and fluids during surgery. You will be transported to the procedure area on a wheelchair or stretcher.
Your anesthesia providers are all physicians who are board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Prior to surgery, you will meet with your anesthesiologist to discuss which type of anesthesia is best suited to your individual needs. There are several different types of anesthesia, one or more of which may be appropriate for your particular surgery:
- General anesthesia—a patient is completely asleep and unaware of his/her surroundings.
- Regional anesthesia—medication is administered which numbs a specific region of the body. The patient may receive additional medications for relaxation/sedation in conjunction with the regional anesthesia.
- Monitored anesthesia care—a patient receives medication to remain in a light sleep during surgery. Patients may remain aware during surgery. This method is often used in combination with local anesthesia.
- Local anesthesia—provides numbness at the specific surgical site.
You will have surgery in a state-of-the-art surgical suite, where you will be carefully monitored throughout your procedure, including your vital signs. During your procedure, a blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm to monitor your blood pressure, a large adhesive pad may be placed on your back to monitor your heart function, and a clip is placed on your finger to measure the oxygen level in your blood.
After your surgery, you will either be taken to the recovery room, also called the PACU (post-anesthesia care unit); or depending on your anesthesia type, you may be returned directly to Same Day Surgery. Your anesthesiologist will direct the monitoring and medications needed for your recovery. During this period, you may be given extra oxygen, and your breathing and heart functions will be observed closely. You will then be assigned to a room or discharged home from Same Day Surgery.
Pain control is a top priority for the care team at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. We rely on your description of your pain to assist you with recovery and pain control. Your discomfort should be tolerable, but do not expect to be totally pain-free. Communicate and ask questions of your care team regarding how you feel. They will answer your questions and may be able to give you medications to ease discomfort.
Be prepared to go home and complete your recovery there. Patients often experience drowsiness and minor after-effects including muscle aches, sore throat, and occasional dizziness or headaches. Nausea may be present, but vomiting is less common. These effects usually decline rapidly in the hours following surgery, but it may take a few days until they are gone completely. Your surgeon will let you know when and how quickly you should become more active following your procedure. Depending on your surgery, try holding a pillow over the incision for support. Although these tasks may seem difficult to do in the beginning, they will help you recover properly.
It is important that your circulation and body functions return to normal after your surgery. You can help these processes by moving around, sitting up in a chair, and even walking, as indicated by your physician. Healthy eating can also help speed your recovery. Ask your physician if you should be following a special diet. As you recover, your diet may progress from liquids to solids.
Incision and Dressing Care
Your incision area will be cleaned and properly dressed after the surgery. Before you leave, someone from your healthcare team will show you how to carefully care for the area. Ask any questions you may have and be sure you understand the instruction sheet you are given.