1. What type of anesthesia will I have?
2. How long is my surgery?
3. How long do I stay at the Surgery Center before discharge home?
4. How do I get pain medicine for use at home?
5. Can I drive myself home after surgery?
6. Can I eat, drink, or smoke before surgery?
What type of anesthesia will I have?
There are many types of anesthesia: local, conscious sedation, deep sedation, monitored
anesthesia care, spinal, and general anesthesia. The first three listed are given by your
surgeon or doctor. The last three listed require the expertise of an anesthesiologist. The
actual type of anesthesia will be discussed with you by your doctor or anesthesiologist. Back to top
How long is my surgery?
Depending on the surgery performed: 30 minutes to three hours. Back to top
How long do I stay at the Surgery Center before discharge home?
Depending on the type of surgery and anesthesia given: 30 minutes to 3 hours. Back to top
How do I get pain medicine for use at home?
Your doctor will write a prescription and a nurse will call in the prescription to
your pharmacy of choice. You can pick it up on the way home. Some doctors give their
patients a prescription for pain pills before the day of surgery. Back to top
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
No. You must have someone drive you home. The only exception is when you receive local
anesthesia only, without any sedatives. Back to top
Can I eat, drink, or smoke before surgery?
No. Most surgeries require that you do not eat or drink starting from 12:00 Midnight. It is
best that you do not smoke the day of surgery. Please take your blood pressure or heart
medicine with a sip of water the day of surgery. Back to top