Our registration staff will check you in when you arrive at the Waterfront Surgery Center. This process should be brief since most of your information was obtained prior to your arrival. This final check allows the staff to verify all of your key information, so that we may better serve you.
After you are registered, you will wait in the lobby until the pre-operative nurse comes to escort you to the pre-operative area where you will prepare for your procedure.
During the initial pre-operative phase, the person accompanying you will wait in the lobby until you are ready.
A nurse will conduct a pre-operative assessment that will include taking your vital signs. The nurse may also start an IV, if it is required for your procedure.
The anesthesiologist will speak with you in the pre-operative area prior to your procedure. The anesthesia provider will explain the procedure you will be having and review all the pre-operative information that the nurses have collected.
During your stay in the pre-operative area, several people will confirm the procedure that you are having done, ask your name and birth date and verify allergies. This is done to make certain that the correct procedure is being performed on the correct patient and to make certain no medications to which you are sensitive/allergic are administered.
After the nurse has completed the admission process, your family member or friend may come to sit with you while you are in the pre-operative area.
You will be escorted from the pre-operative area to the operating room or procedure room, where the procedure will be performed.
Family and/or friends will wait in the waiting area while the procedure is being performed. The Waterfront Surgery Center requires family members and/or friends to remain at the surgery center during the procedure. If for any reason they must leave the center, even to go to the car, please have them notify the registration clerk. If they are leaving for any period of time, they are to leave a phone number so that we may reach them immediately, if necessary.
For their convenience, Starbucks coffee is provided in the waiting area for your family and/or friends.
What you should EXPECT AFTER your procedure has been performed:
Following the procedure, you will be transferred directly to the Recovery Area.
Once you arrive into the Recovery Area, you will be admitted and assessed by our nursing staff.
Time spent in the Recovery Area depends on a number of factors including:
- Type of anesthesia used
- Reaction to the anesthetic
- The amount of pain (if any) you experience
- Your recovery from the procedure
The physician will speak to the family and/or friends following the procedure. Some physicians will see the family and/or friends in the consultation area while others will speak to the patient and accompanying family and/or friends once the patient is stable and transferred to a lounge chair in the Recovery Area.
The family member and/or friends should not be alarmed if they do not see the patient as soon as the physician speaks with them. Some patients wake up faster than others and they will not be permitted to be with you until you are awake and stable enough to be transferred from the Recovery Area bed to a lounge chair.
Prior to your discharge from the surgery center, the Recovery Area nurse will review with you and your family member any post-operative instructions regarding diet, rest, medication, etc. You will be given a copy of the instructions to take with you. Because you may still be feeling the effects of the sedation/anesthetic agents and may experience short-term forgetfulness, we require a responsible adult to be present while the nurse gives your discharge instructions. We also require that both of you sign the discharge instructions.
Patients may still be tired when discharged and need assistance for the first 24 hours at home.
In the event of medical need, you may require transfer/admission to the hospital.