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Surgery Day

What to Expect on Surgery Day

Congratulations, the day you have been planning for has finally arrived!  The staff at Inspire Surgery Center look forward to meeting you and helping you throughout your surgical experience.  We understand that elective surgery can be scary and create anxiety, so we aim to make this experience as pleasant as possible for you and your family.  We have found that most patients seem to have a better experience when they know what to expect.

  • On the day of your surgery you will arrive at Inspire Surgery Centre one hour prior to the start of your surgery.
  • Your loved one may walk you to the door but at this time will not be allowed to enter with you. 
  •  If you are a biological female of child bearing age (under 50) you will be required to give a urine sample so that we may complete a urine pregnancy test, due to this we ask that you do not empty your bladder immediately before arriving at the surgery center. 
  • You will then change into a patient gown, sign surgical and anesthesia consents, have your vital signs checked, and an IV will then be started with hydrating fluids.
  • Now it is time to get you to the operating room! Inspire is a small, intimate facility – so we typically walk our patients from the pre-operative area to the operating room.  It will be cold in the OR, but we will provide you with a warm blanket and will warm up the operating table to keep you comfortable.  Once you are in the OR – the anesthesiologist will begin giving you a series of medications to help you drift off to sleep.

We aim to keep our patients for about 45 minutes – 1 hour following surgery. During this time:

    • The nurse will continue to assess your vital signs to make sure they are within normal ranges
    • You will be given water, juice, or a carbonated beverage to sip.
    • Your pain level will be assessed and depending on your level of discomfort you may receive IV pain medications, pain pills, and/or a muscle relaxer. Any medications given during this time will be relayed to your caregiver with a time given for the next dose of the medication. 
    • You will also be monitored for nausea, a common side effect of anesthesia, and you may be given medications or fluids if needed, to help with nausea or vomiting.
    • The recovery nurse will call your caregiver and relay all discharge instructions to them over the phone. The nurse will also instruct your caregiver on the exact location to pick you up. 
    • Most of our patients are still sleepy when they leave our facility. We try to time your discharge from the facility so that you are alert enough to be helped into the wheelchair and the car, but drowsy enough to fall back to sleep on the ride home.
    • It is normal to lose track of time after anesthesia and you may feel like your stay in our recovery area was not as long as expected. Be assured that upon discharge you will be medically stable.

It is our goal that you are comfortable upon discharge from our facility.  While you may not be completely pain free, we aim to minimize your discomfort enough that you can get home and continue to rest and heal from your surgery.