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If you are running late or need to cancel, call (216) 778-7800 and ask to speak to the surgeon/resident on-call for your surgical service.
Once you arrive, check in with the receptionist. The surgical staff will ask you about your current health, and any known allergies and medications that you are taking. Your vital signs such as temperature, pulse and blood pressure will be taken.
Just prior to your surgery, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown and place your belongings in a small locker.
An intravenous (IV) line will be started to provide you with fluids and may be used to provide anesthesia or other medication as needed. The anesthesiologist will talk to you about the different kinds of anesthesia and their risks and benefits. They may recommend:
One or two family members or friends may stay with you until you go into surgery. Once your surgery begins, family and friends may wait in the nearby surgical waiting area. Visitors should check in and out with the receptionist so that messages about your status can be relayed to them. Please leave young children at home.
The room may feel cool. Warmed blankets will be provided for your comfort. The surgical team will wear gowns, masks and gloves, as well as hair and shoe covers. Your vital signs will be monitored throughout surgery.
After surgery, your surgeon will talk to your family. Specially trained nurses will monitor your progress while recovering from the immediate effects of your surgery and the anesthesia.
Depending on your type of surgery, you may notice an oxygen mask, an IV, a urinary catheter, monitors or other devices, and a dressing or bandage over the surgical site.
You may have some side effects from surgery and anesthesia, such as drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, gas, headache, sore throat, dry mouth and thirst. It's also common to experience some soreness or discomfort.