Before undergoing surgery, you will be asked to sign a consent form by your attending physician. You will also be visited by an anesthesiologist to discuss the type of anesthesia to be administered. You will be asked to sign a form consenting to anesthesia as well as a consent form for the administration of blood or plasma, if needed. The anesthesiologist is a private practitioner, and will send you a separate bill for his or her services.
When you arrive in the operating suite, you may be sedated. Following surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, where you will receive special care until you are ready to return to your room.
Family members will be called to see the surgeon when you are out of the operating room. Please ask your family to let the receptionist in the waiting area know they are in the waiting room.