The Morning of Surgery
Normally we request that you arrive at the surgical center
about 1 hour prior to your scheduled surgical time. For
instance, if your surgery is scheduled to start at 8:00 AM, you
would need to arrive by 7:00 AM. After you register at the
surgical desk, you be placed on an operating stretcher in the
pre-operative holding area. Interviews will be conducted by the
nursing and anesthesia staff. You will have an intravenous line
(I.V.) started, sign consent forms for anesthesia and surgery,
meet your anesthesia provider and get your eyes dilated in
preparation for surgery. See why we need a whole hour?
Just before you are transferred to the operating room you will
say goodbye to your family or friend. Almost all of my surgery
is performed under sedation and you can be fully awake. Through
the intravenous a short acting sedative is injected and,
shortly after, the eye will be numbed while you are sedated.
You will not feel or remember a thing. The surgery will be
performed. If you wish, you may bring in your favorited CD for
your to share with us during surgery! When surgery is finished,
a patch will be placed on your eye.
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Otherwise known as the recovery room. You will recover, receive
instructions from the staff and ...............begin eating
by Randall V. Wong, M.D. - January 2009