Many people who come to the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Glendale Adventist Medical Center have never had surgery. For them, the thought of surgery can cause fear and anxiety. That's why all patients are greeted immediately with a smile and a trained staff member who will help the patient prepare for their surgery or pre-assessment appointment.
Before surgery, ASC staff conducts a pre-assessment. A nurse will speak with you to gather important information about your medical/surgical history; identify any tests that you will need done before your surgery, discuss with you what to expect before, during and after surgery, how to prepare for your surgery and show you where your procedure will be performed. During this time, it may be helpful to ask questions, especially if you have concerns about your surgery. Some questions you might consider asking include:
- Will I have pain after surgery?
- Why do I have to arrive so early prior to my scheduled surgery time?
- What kinds of questions will I be asked before the procedure?
On the day of your surgery, you will sign the necessary forms for your procedure, then be taken to the pre-op area. You will be given a surgical gown, made comfortable on the gurney and helped to feel at ease with your surroundings. You will also be given pre- and post-operative instructions and meet with the anesthesiologist and nurse.
Just before you are taken into the operating room, you will meet with your surgeon to confirm the procedure, answer any last minute questions and, if necessary, mark the surgery site.
Once the procedure has been successfully performed, you will be taken into the semi-private recovery area where you will spend the next hour or two under the care of a post-operative nurse. After about 30 minutes, you may visit with a family member. Once you are ready to go home, a private exit will lead you directly to the parking area.
If you have questions or concerns about the processes of your surgery, call (818) 863-4225.