• What to Expect

    Preparing for your surgery – and knowing what to expect afterward

    We’re committed to helping you know, whenever possible, what to expect with your surgery. Learn more about what you might need to do before your surgery, how we’ll take care of you and what you should expect after your procedure.


    Before you get here

    Prior to surgery, an admissions counselor will collect some important information from you using pre-admission forms.

    If you have a living will and/or durable power of attorney, please bring them with you to your pre-admission surgical consult.

    While we will collect information about you before your surgery, we want to provide you with some important information as well. Our caregivers are dedicated to ensuring your informed consent. We want you to know exactly what to expect and believe you deserve to know:

    • What your surgery will entail
    • Why it’s being performed
    • Any risks involved with the particular procedure you’re having
    • The potential risks of not having the surgery
    • Other options that may be available to you

    Pre-operative care

    Before your procedure – both at home and when you get here

    As you prepare for surgery, it is critically important that you strictly follow any special pre-operative instructions provided by your doctor, as well as the general guidelines you receive from the surgical team.

    These may include instructions on when to arrive for admission and what, if any, food and fluids you may have before your procedure.

    In addition, pre-operative testing may include:

    • A review of your complete medical history
    • Review of your complete medical history
    • Temperature, blood pressure and pulse rate checks
    • Blood tests
    • Urinalysis
    • X-rays
    • EKG/ECG

    Once pre-operative tests are completed, the surgical team will prep you for your procedure. This process may include:

    • Removing clothes, jewelry and personal items
    • Putting on a cap and surgical gown
    • Receiving medications to help you relax and reduce anxiety
    • Special cleansing and preparation of the surgical area

    Surgical anesthesia and pain management

    How we’ll control your pain during surgery

    Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain signals your body may produce during your surgery. The type of anesthesia you receive may depend on your physical condition and the type of procedure you’re having performed.

    Types of anesthesia

    • Simple sedation to relieve mild discomfort and anxiety
    • Local anesthesia to block pain at a specific point
    • Regional anesthesia to block pain in a broad area of the body
    • General anesthesia to put you “to sleep” during your surgery

    Many people are frightened at the prospect of general anesthesia. With modern pharmaceuticals and technological advances though, general anesthesia is safer today than ever before.

    Monitoring anesthesia during surgery

    Wellmont strives to offer the latest advances to ensure your safety during surgery. One of these advances is the Bispectral Index System – or BIS – to monitor and help maintain safe, effective sedation levels during surgery.

    With BIS, a special sensor placed on the forehead measures brain activity so the anesthesiologist can ensure you remain safely sedated and pain free during surgery.

    Post-operative care

    After your surgery, you will be taken to one of our specialized recovery areas. Depending on the type of surgery performed, you may awaken in a private room, a standard recovery room, the intensive care unit or a critical care unit.

    As your anesthesia wears off, you may feel groggy and confused. You likely won’t remember this early recovery period. Family members can expect to see you with multiple lines and tubes used to deliver medications, aid your breathing and help with your recovery.

    Pain management after surgery

    Your caregivers will constantly monitor you during recovery. They will also ask about any discomfort you may experience. Your input will be important to making sure any pain is kept under control.

    This way, we can carefully manage any post-operative symptoms effectively to help you heal faster and feel better sooner.

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