Surgery - Adults

Surgery for Adults - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need pre-operative testing?
Most patients will not be required to have pre-operative testing. Any pre-operative testing required will be determined by your surgeon, anesthesiologist or as instructed by the pre-operative nurse.

What if I am pregnant?
The pre-operative nurse will ask you if there is a chance you may be pregnant. This is important, because anesthesia and medications may be harmful to your developing baby.

Why do you ask about illegal drug and alcohol habits?
A patient’s response to the anesthesia drugs may vary based on drug and alcohol usage.

Why can’t I smoke?
Smoking may interfere with the anesthetic and frequently produces nausea during the recovery period.

When can I go back to work?
Return to work will be determined by your surgeon.

When can I resume exercise?
Return to exercise will be determined by your surgeon.

Why can’t I eat or drink anything after midnight?
Undigested food and liquids in the stomach can cause complications and your surgery is likely to be postponed if you forget to follow this instruction.

Can my significant other watch my surgery?
For safety and sterility reasons, the surgical center does not allow family members or others not on the surgical team to observe surgeries.

Why is the operating room so cold?
The operating room temperature is kept low for the maintenance of our equipment and to maintain sterility of our supplies. You will be kept warm throughout your procedure.

What happens if something goes wrong in surgery?
The surgical center is fully equipped with state of the art emergency equipment and supplies. The surgical center utilizes the same Anesthesia providers as our affiliated hospital, Catholic Medical Center. The recovery room nurses are trained in critical care, and are ACLS (Advanced cardiac life support) certified. In the event of an emergency, the patient is stabilized, then transferred via ambulance to the hospital of the physician’s choice.

Will I need an IV?
All patients receive an IV except those having local anesthesia.

Do I have to fill my pain medication prescription?
Patients are often comfortable when leaving the surgery center and do not think they will need anything as strong as a prescription pain pill. Your pain will be better controlled when you take your pain medication as prescribed. It is much easier to keep your pain under control than try to alleviate it with more medication once you are very uncomfortable. We recommend that you fill your prescription either prior to your surgery or have your ride fill it while you are in surgery. (Please note that most pharmacies will not fill prescriptions for narcotic pain medications without a written prescription.)