Q. Do I need to contact my insurance company prior to my surgery?
Most insurance plans require that a patient be pre-certified (approved) before going to the hospital for procedures or surgery. If you have any questions regarding pre-certification, contact your insurance company or primary care physician.
Q. What should I do or not do before my surgery?
Your surgeon will provide you with a complete list of pre-operative instructions prior to your surgery. In general, you should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery if you are receiving anesthesia. You might need to have some medical testing done prior to your surgery as well.
Q. Where do I go the day of my surgery?
You should report to registration, on the first floor near the visitors’ entrance of the hospital, at least two hours before your surgery. You will register there, and then you will be escorted to the surgical floor for your pre-operative care.
Q. Can my family and friends be with me while I am waiting for my surgery to begin?
Yes, you may have someone with you in your pre-operative room. They will go to the surgical waiting room while you are in surgery and recovery.
Q. Where do I recover from my surgery?
You will go to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) to be monitored closely while you awaken from anesthesia. If you had an outpatient procedure done, generally you will be discharged to go home after several hours in the recovery room. If you had inpatient surgery, you will be transferred to your private post-operative hospital room once you are awake and stable.
Q. Can my family and friends visit me in the recovery room?
No, the recovery room is reserved for patients and medical staff only.
Q. What are some side effects of general anesthesia?
Common side effects of general anesthesia include sleepiness, nausea, mouth or throat soreness and eye irritation. These typically occur within a few hours after the surgery. Our highly trained team of nurses and physician will address any post-operative side effects you might experience.
Q. What should I do when I am discharged?
You will receive post-operative instructions unique to your medical history and the procedure that was performed.
Q. What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed using small incisions and a scope (a small camera-like device) to allow the surgeon to view internal anatomy on a monitor. Small specialized instruments are used to allow your surgeon to perform the surgery through small incisions.
Q. What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery typically experience less pain, have lowered rates of infection, have a shorter hospital stay and recover faster than patients undergoing traditional surgery for the same procedure.