Preparing for Surgery
At Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, we will work together with the physician to provide the best care available. We also want the patient’s admission and stay to be as easy and convenient as possible. Please fill out all necessary forms to help make the patient’s stay go smoothly. Hospital stays are generally shorter these days, so it is important that we plan the patient’s stay carefully to use the time wisely.
Pre-Surgery Information and Instructions
The physician will give specific instructions.
When ready for surgery, a nurse will take the patient’s blood pressure, temperature and pulse rate. The patient will be asked to sign consent to authorize the physician to perform the surgery. The physician who gives the anesthesia will talk with the patient. The patient will then be taken to a surgery operating room on a cart. A blood pressure cuff and heart monitor will be attached so the patient is constantly observed during surgery.
After surgery, the physician will talk to the family and/or friends and the patient will be taken to the recovery area for a minimum of one hour. While in the recovery area, the patient will be closely monitored by the nursing staff. Family and/or friends will be notified of the patient’s condition and transfer when the patient is taken to their hospital room.
In general, prolonged bed rest after surgery is not beneficial. Most patients will be encouraged to get out of bed and begin activity very soon after surgery, most likely on the same day as surgery.
Depending on the type of surgery, the physician may order certain exercises which usually include deep breathing, coughing, movement of legs and getting out of bed. These exercises will help with recovery.