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.
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
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:
Once pre-operative tests are completed, the surgical team will
prep you for your procedure. This process may include:
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
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.
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.
Please contact us for more information about Wellmont's surgical services, or speak to your primary care provider.
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