Day of Surgery

A specific time (usually two hours before surgery) will be given for your hospital arrival. One of Dr. Swanson’s staff will call you the night before surgery for confirmation. Bring reading material with you in case your surgery is delayed for any reason. If preceding cases take less time than expected, your surgery may be moved up slightly. Conversely, if preceding cases take longer than expected, your surgery may be slightly delayed. Try to remain calm if your surgery does not begin right on schedule. Remember, to ensure the best results possible, Dr. Swanson will not rush your surgery or any other patient’s surgery. Therefore, it is imperative that you can be patient and understand that any delay in your surgery is due to additional care taken with surgeries preceding yours, just as Dr. Swanson will do with your surgery.

You should have nothing to eat or drink (even water) after midnight the night before surgery. Your stomach must be completely empty for surgery to minimize the risk of stomach contents entering the lungs while anesthetized. If you are on medication for your heart, lungs, blood pressure, or other medical problems, take them with a sip of water the morning of surgery. Diabetes medication generally should not be taken the morning of surgery.

After checking into the hospital you will be prepared for surgery. Blood may be drawn, an IV started for intravenous fluids, and you will sign a surgical consent. An anesthesiologist will ask you questions about your health, medical problems, and previous anesthesia. Most patients choose a “general anesthesia” where you are asleep through the entire procedure. The anesthesiologist’s job is to make sure that you are safe throughout the entire case. He will be with you, carefully monitoring your vital functions, during the entire procedure.

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