At Lawrence Memorial Hospital, we want your experience to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Knowing what to expect right before and during surgery will help you and your family prepare. We encourage you to ask questions at any time during the registration process.
Right Before Surgery
As the time for your surgery approaches, your nurse may start an intravenous (IV) line in your arm or hand to give you fluid and medications. Your nurse may also review your chart and answer any additional questions for you and your family. An operating room nurse will come for you when it’s time for your surgery, and your family will be directed to the Family Waiting Area.
Operating room staff wears special caps and masks. The room is very bright and cool. Please ask for additional blankets if you are cold.
A pre-op heart monitor, a blood pressure cuff and other medical devices may be attached to you to monitor your vital signs during surgery. You may notice special equipment hanging from the ceiling or situated on either side of your table. This is standard equipment used for surgery, and the staff must have immediate access to it at all times. A large monitor is also situated overhead so your surgeon has easy access to essential information.
Family Waiting Area
During your surgery, family and friends may stay in the Family Waiting Area located next to the surgery suites. Our waiting area provides plenty of room with comfortable seating and televisions. Your surgeon will visit with your family once your procedure is completed, so it is important that at least one person is available. Your family will be provided with a pager so they know when the surgeon is ready to meet with them. Most importantly, this area also includes a digital patient tracking board to keep family members continually updated on your progress. There is also free internet access and a special play area for children.
Immediately After Surgery
Immediately after surgery, your nurse and anesthesia provider will take you to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), also referred to as the recovery room. Your nurse will continue to closely monitor your recovery and check your vital signs frequently. Your surgeon will check in with your family in one of our private Family Conference Rooms.