Thought I'd paste this here for fututre reference:
- Go to hospital use no creams, no deoderant no nail polish etc, take only medications as specified in your PATTS
- Arrive and check in on Floor 5 pre-op area. They ask questions, take next of kin info, insurance info, state room preference here.
- Change into hospital gown one on front (first), one on back (don't reverse this, I did and had to change in the Ops room in front of everyone), also a hairnet and hospital booties, no undies.
- Talk to a nurse who asks a million questions that you've answered before, weigh you, take blood pressure and temperature.
- Nurse will lock up your belongings, label your CPAP machine if applicable, someone will have to come pick up your belongings when you are back, if you need the hospital to transfer them to your room, identify that now.
- Wait in the 5 floor waiting room with any people that are with you.
- Get taken down with max 1 person accompanying you down to flr 2 for pre-surg waiting room.
- Meet with the anesthetist to discuss procedure.
- Meet with the surgeon, introduce the person waiting for you. Dr Sohi told us he would come down and provided timelines for us (my hubby for mine or me for my hubby's) but not all doctors do that. If you want someone notified, make sure to arrange for it here. He will also ask you how you did with Optifast and check your records.
- Leave your company, go with the surgeon, walk into OR, Get onto the table. Your arms go out to your sides, your feet go against a table "floor" and everything gets strapped in. (No IV or cathetar, in case you were wondering... IV comes later when you are asleep).
- The anethetist will hook you up to the mask and off you go.
Company will wait in main waiting area of hospital near front doors, surgeon should come down to update when the procedure is over. Once they have been notified, they can go to the 5th floor post-op room to wait for you to come to your room.
In recovery (2 hoursish normal, 4-6 hours for apneac patients or complications):
- You will wake, likely disoriented, they will tell you what has happened, check your responses, monitor your vitals, and provide pain relief if needed.
- You can have ice chips (and will want them) but can only have 15 ml per 15 mins.
- If you have apnea, your machine will be with you and you can ask for it on, it will help you breathe and help clear the anaesthetic.
- Once cleared from recovery you will be wheeled to your room, and as soon as you are there, your company can come in (max 2 at one time) to see you.