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Same-day surgery, 24-hour supportAdvances in anesthesia and surgical techniques have made it possible for people to have minor surgery and return home from the hospital within a few hours. Choosing Rome Memorial Hospital for your Ambulatory Surgery means you will be taken care of by a staff of well-trained professionals who know the importance of going the extra mile to help make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Common ProceduresExamples of surgeries that can be done on an out-patient basis include:
Alleviating anxietyAny minor surgery can cause major anxiety for patients. To help put your fears to rest, you will be able to talk with a nurse and ask questions during the preadmission nursing interview prior to your surgery. The nurse will review your medical history and discuss the plan of care for your stay, pain control and discharge plans. The interview is individualized to meet your specific needs. Knowing what to expect tends to lower your anxiety level.
Your physician’s office may make an appointment for the nursing interview, or you can contact the preoperative coordinator at 338-7355.
Preparing for surgery.Generally, if you will be put to sleep (general anesthesia) for your surgery, you should not eat or drink anything for 12 hours prior to the procedure. Your physician or the nurse will tell you how long you must fast before surgery. Ask your doctor for instructions concerning your regular medications.
The day of surgery, you will be asked to come to the hospital one to two hours before your procedure is scheduled, to ensure that you are prepared for surgery. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing that will be easy to put on following the surgery.
Those who have already had a pre-admission interview will report directly to the Ambulatory Surgery Department on the fourth floor. Those who have not been interviewed previously will need to go to Patient Access on the first floor to complete the admission process before proceeding to the Ambulatory Surgery Department.
Once you are shown to your room, the nurse will take your vital signs and complete any necessary preoperative preparations. The anesthesiologist will visit you to discuss your health history and answer any questions before you are transported to the Operating Room.
After surgeryAfter most surgical procedures, you will go to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit for observation before you are transported back to the Ambulatory Surgery Unit. Patients that are having cataracts removed or require only local anesthesia return directly to the Ambulatory Surgery Unit after the procedure is completed.
Because it is important for you to rest after surgery, we recommend that you limit your visitors to a maximum of two people in your room.
You will be able to go home after you’ve met specific discharge criteria concerning pain levels, ability to walk, your vital signs and status of your surgical dressings. Before you are discharged, the nurse will answer any questions you have to assist you with your care at home. A member of the hospital staff will transport you by wheelchair to the hospital exit when you are ready to leave.
You must have one responsible adult to drive you home from the hospital. For your safety, you cannot drive yourself or use public transportation alone after surgery. You should also arrange to have someone with you, at home, for the first 24 hours.
On average, the full length of stay for a patient is four to eight hours, depending on the type of procedure. If for any reason you have to stay overnight, you will be transferred to one of the hospital’s medical/surgical units.
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