Surgical Services

What To Expect


When you arrive for your surgery, you will probably wait with your friend or family member for a few minutes. Then, you will be escorted to a cubicle and asked to change into a hospital gown. Your friend or family member will join you after you're settled.

Surgery preparation

Your Same-Day Surgery nurse will review your medical history and update your information as necessary. She will also prepare you for surgery. An IV will be started, and you will be asked to remove any jewelry, including body piercings. Give these to the friend or family member who accompanied you to the hospital (or leave at home).

Your nurse will ask you to write "Yes" on your surgical site if there is a possibility of left or right confusion. For example, if you're having surgery on your left knee, you will write "Yes" on that knee. This is a procedure used to prevent wrong site surgery.

About 30 minutes before your procedure, a nurse will take you to the Holding Room to be prepared for surgery. Here, you will meet your anesthesia care provider, who will discuss your anesthesia options and ask you to sign a consent form.

When all is ready, a nurse from the operating room will visit and ask you more questions. Be patient; this is another safeguard to assure that everything is prepared for your procedure. From here, you will be taken to the operating room.

Entering the operating room

Most likely, you will be alert when you're wheeled into the operating room. In the center of the room, you'll see the operating table, where you will lie while the surgeon performs your procedure. The nursing staff will assist you in transferring to the table from your transport bed.

You will find the temperature a little cool; if you are uncomfortable, please alert the staff. 

At the head of the operating room table is the anesthesia machine, a heart monitor, and a medication cart used by the anesthesia care provider during your procedure.

You will notice a flurry of activity while you are on the table. The nurse, dressed in a sterile gown, will be readying the necessary instruments, while other nurses and the anesthesia care provider attach you to the various monitors and prepare you for your anesthetic. When the anesthesia care provider is ready, they will inform you and your anesthetic will be administered.

After your surgery

After your procedure, you will be placed on your transport bed and taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), where you will recover.

Here, the nursing staff will closely monitor and observe you, reporting your condition to the attending physician and anesthesiologist. The nursing staff is committed to providing privacy and quality care for all patients, so please respect our visitation guidelines:

  1. Visitors must be age 18 or older.
  2. We allow visitors only for patients who will be in the PACU for 2 hours or more
  3. Visitors must be in good health (no cold, fever, flu, or other communicable disease).

If you are spending the night in the hospital, you will be transferred to your room when you recover from the anesthesia. Otherwise, you will be discharged to the same day surgery area and prepared to return home.

If you are having same-day surgery at West Medical Center, you will receive free valet parking the day of your surgery.