Day Of Surgery

Arrival

You are asked to arrive at the hospital 1-1.5 hours before your scheduled procedure.  After check-in through admitting you and your loved ones will be brought back to pre-op area where you’ll get changed and meet with a nurse.  She will start your IV and may have you put leg wraps on, which prevent blood clots.  Dr. O’Sullivan will come in to say “hi” and confirm the procedure.  You will also meet the anesthesiologist who will make you comfortable during the procedure. 

In the Operating Room

When you are brought back to the operating room, you will meet several people who will assist Dr. O’Sullivan and the anesthesiologist in your care.

Recovery Room

After your procedure is finished, you will be taken to the recovery room.  Specialized nurses there will make you comfortable as you wake up.   Once you are ready to go home or to your room, if you’re staying overnight, you will be able to see your loved ones.  To protect the privacy of other patients, loved ones are not permitted back in the recovery room.

Going Home

You will be given prescriptions for pain medication that you will want to have filled on the way home.  The remainder of the day, you should rest and relax.  Your body has been through a major event and it needs time to recover.  An adult should be with you for at least 24 hours after surgery to monitor your recovery and help you if needed.