What can I expect before surgery?
Once your surgery is scheduled, the pre-admission testing nurse will contact you by phone to determine that all necessary tests have been performed and provide you with preoperative instructions. Depending on your scheduled surgery time, you will be asked to arrive one to two hours before your procedure.

What can I expect when I arrive at the hospital?
Your surgery will be done at Roper Hospital. At this hospital we offer valet parking for your convenience. After arriving, you will be directed to the Admitting Department. Please have a photo ID and any insurance information available. At this point, your family may stay with you until the time of surgery. You will have the opportunity to meet your anesthesiologist and ask your surgeon any final questions. Your family members will be asked for contact information so that the nurse can provide hourly updates by phone throughout your procedure. Prior to your surgery, a fully qualified and specially trained operating room nurse will introduce her/himself to you and review all the pertinent questions regarding your identity, your procedure and your history. We are aware that this seems repetitive, but it is essential that each individual involved in your care verifies this information. You will then be escorted to the pre-op area where a registered nurse will review your medical history, start your IV and complete any other pre-operative preparations.

What can I expect the day of surgery?
Your comfort and safety are our primary goals. Warm blankets are provided for the cool temperatures in the operating rooms. Someone will assist you with the move from the stretcher to the operating room table. You will be introduced to the other essential support staff present in the room. You can expect to see bright lights in the operation room and equipment open and ready on tables to begin your procedure. The nurse is present at your side as you are put to sleep by the board certified anesthesiologist. Compression stockings that were applied in the holding area will be inflated with air pressure. The stockings will continuously massage your legs during the procedure. If you require hospital admission, your family may visit when you arrive in your room after leaving the recovery room.