Below is a list of questions or concerns, expressed by patients prior to
their surgeries. If you a more specific response is needed, please refer to "Ask
A Doctor" page.
Should I quit smoking (Tobacco use) prior to my surgery?
It is recommended that you quit smoking at least two weeks prior to your surgery
and thereafter. Quitting smoking will help increase the healing time of tissues
and decrease the rate of some complications.
Why should I be admitted at least a day prior to my surgery?
The doctor will take a thorough history and perform a complete physical
examination, order some laboratory tests and Imaging. We will be also following
your vital signs to optimize your physical wellbeing thus decreasing the rate of
Who will be performing the surgery?
Surgery most often involves a team of physicians, consisting of "Specialists"
and "Resident" surgeons. Specialists surgeons have many years of surgery and are
recognized as some of the best surgeons in the world. "Resident Surgeons" are
also trained physicians and are learning to be surgeons by assisting the
Will I see my surgeon before surgery begins?
Your surgeon will be preparing for your case, while you also are preparing. Your
preparation consists of having your history reviewed by a registered nurse,
getting properly dressed, having an IV (intravenous line) inserted, and with
meeting your anesthesiologist.
If you have additional concerns not addressed in your evaluation, your nurse
will call your surgeon to address your concerns.
Will my family accompany me to the operating room?
The perioperative area, which includes the Day Case Unit, the Operating Room and
the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (Recovery Room), are restricted patient care
areas. One visitor will be allowed to accompany you to the Day Case Unit. No
visitors are allowed in the Operating Room. With the exception of parents of
children, no visitors are allowed in the Recovery Room.
If the patient is eighteen years or younger, both parents may accompany their
child to the Day Case Unit and to the Recovery Room. When the anesthesiologist
puts your child asleep, it is often possible for the parents to be present to
decrease the anxiety of the child.
Where will I store my belongings?
Valuables should be left at home or given to an accompanying family member. Upon
arrival to the Day Case Unit, your personal belongings and clothes will be given
to your family.
If no family is available, any personal belongings and clothes, will be sent to
the Recovery Room, waiting your arrival there.
Do I have to take my dentures out?
Dentures are removed for your safety. Damage can occur to dentures from some
oral surgical procedures and from airway management by the anesthesiologist.
Dentures can also become dislodged during management of your airway by the
anesthesiologist and interfere with your breathing.
Arrangements can be made to remove them after your family has left, and to
receive them in the Recovery Room prior to seeing your family again.
How long will my surgery take?
The surgeon can estimate the time required to perform the surgery, but it can be
long or short depending on the difficulty of the operation and the complications
that may occur during the operation.
How long will I be in the recovery room?
This varies depending upon your previous medical health, type of anesthesia, and
The Registered Nurse taking care of you in the Recovery Room contact your family
in the waiting area to let them know that you are in the Recovery Room.
Your anesthesiologist can provide an approximate time, also.
The waiting area staff can assist the family with inquiries as to your progress
in the Operating or Recovery Room.
How many visitors can I bring with me on the day of surgery?
Our waiting area has very limited seating, therefore hospital policy restricts
each surgical patient to only two visitors. Should you bring more, please
understand that it will be necessary for your additional guests to wait in the
lobby or the cafeteria.
May I bring my children to the area?
Children under the age of twelve are not permitted, by hospital policy, in the
Day Case Unit or the Recovery Room due to infection control issues.
Why do I have to take off my underwear?
Underwear can become displaced during a surgical procedure, the use of surgical
soaps and antiseptic will stain your underwear. Moreover, postoperatively you
may need to use a bedpan or be catheterized, a process which can be very
difficult if impeded by underwear.
Our staff will provide you with a hospital gown and blankets to ensure your
Why do I have to take off my wedding ring and jewelry?
Your surgeon will be using an electric device known as (cautry). You can
potentially receive an electric burn through your metal jewelry, if it becomes a
part of the electrical circuit.
Rings and jewelry can become tight during surgery as a result of normal
swelling. Your rings would then need to be cut off so as not to cause injury to
Why is it necessary for someone to be with me when I am discharged?
It is a hospital policy that you are discharged from the hospital with a
responsible adult. You will have received medications that cause sedation and
impair your judgment. Being discharged with a responsible adult will prevent
unnecessarily placing others and yourself at risk.
We ask that you do not drive, operate machinery or make important business
decisions for 24 hours.
When will I meet my Anesthesiologist?
The vast majority of patients first meet their Anesthesiologist in the
preoperative room prior to entering the operative room. All special concerns
such as the type of anesthesia, Recovery Room pain management and allergies can
be discussed at this time.