The day before your scheduled procedure at Outpatient Services East you will be given the time for your arrival to the facility. It is important for you to keep your arrival time. our The amount of time you have to wait prior to your procedure depends on several things: patient bed availability, the schedule for operating rooms and/or your physician. The staff at Outpatient Services East strive to keep your waiting time to a minimum but some delays are unavoidable.
Length of Stay
You and your caregiver need to plan to be at the facility for a minimum of 4 hours. The length of stay can vary from person to person.
After you are placed in your room a staff member will give you instructions on what clothing you need to remove. You will be given a gown to wear. If you are wearing dentures or contacts lens they will need to be removed at this time.
If your procedure requires anesthesia, you will meet an anesthesiologist who will review your history, answer your questions and discuss the anesthesia plan. Feel free to ask you may have. Your caregiver is permitted to sit with you during the preparation time if you so desire. He/she is encouraged to ask questions too.
The nurse who will be assisting your physician will take you to the operating or procedure suite. Each operating or procedure room is fully equipped and staffed to handle your procedure and any possible complications.
After Your Procedure
When your procedure is over you will be taken to recovery where you will be closely observed by the nursing staff. The length of your procedure and recovery stay depends on the type of procedure and anesthesia you were given. Each patient’s response may vary. You may be discharged home from recovery. However, some procedures are more extensive and each patient’s response is different so you may be returned to your admission room to continue recovery. You will be served cold liquid refreshments. Do not worry if you still feel sleepy when you are discharged.
Prior to discharge from the center, a nurse will explain your discharge instructions to you and your caregiver. Following these instructions is important for a safe and expeditious recovery.
Following Your Procedure
- You must be accompanied and driven home by an adult.
- Please plan to have someone with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
- Take all medications as directed.
- Utilize your pharmacist for further information about prescriptions.
- If you are taking an antibiotic, finish the entire prescription as directed by your physician.
- Resume your home medications as instructed by your physician.
- Most pain medications are better tolerated with food.
Someone from Outpatient Services East usually calls you within 24 to 72 hours of your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns before they call please call y If you have any questions or concerns please call your physician. Also, remember to make an appointment for a follow-up visit with your physician.
Feel free to call Outpatient Services East if you have any questions about what to expect on the day of your procedure.
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