Jerry K. Myers, M.D.
Outpatient surgery or day surgery refers to surgery which can be performed and the patient is discharged either the same day or within 23 hours. The admission requires an early morning hour registration period, usually at 6:00 a.m. Most x-rays and pre-operative lab work are obtained the day prior to surgery to make this process go as smoothly as possible. After admission, you will be placed in an outpatient hospital room to await your surgery. Following the surgical procedure, most patients go to the recovery room for a specified period of time (approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour) and then are returned to their outpatient room. Occasionally, transfer to another hospital room will be made during the day if an overnight stay is anticipated.
An anesthesia provider will discuss all details of the anesthetic you will receive during your surgery upon admission to the outpatient area. You will need to state all details of your past medical history from a medical and anesthetic standpoint as well as discuss the specifics of the anesthesia that you desire. Some anesthetics will be done under a local with or without sedation. Other surgeries may require a general anesthetic.
When called to surgery, you will be taken from your hospital room to the surgical suite where the appropriate procedure will be done. Following the procedure, you will go to the recovery room. After approximately a 45-minute stay in the recovery room, you will be taken back to your outpatient room. Later you will be discharged once you are in stable condition. Some procedures require overnight or 23-hour observation with discharge the following morning. If, after 23 hours, it is not felt that the discharge is appropriate, then a full hospital admission would ensue with no inconvenience to you. After discharge is completed, an appointment will be made by the nursing staff for you with my office. If this has not been done, please call my office for an appointment. At that time, my nurse will help you with the details of your appointment and also she will be able to answer any further questions that you may have about your post-operative care.