Athens Regional Health System

Information for the Day of Surgery

The day of your surgery, you should report to Pre-Op Short Stay (POSS) at the time you've been given. When it is time for you to get ready for your surgery, you will:

  • Be asked to empty your bladder
  • Get into a waiting bed
  • Have your vital signs checked
  • Have an IV started and medications given.

After all of this is done, two of your family members will be able to stay with you until surgery.

When you get into the operating room, you will be placed on monitors so we can check your vital signs during surgery. You will then be given anesthesia.

Anesthesia Types

There are two types of anesthesia that may be used.

  • The first is general and the medication is started through the IV. During the surgery, you will be kept asleep with medications that you will breathe through a mask or breathing tube.

  • The second type of anesthesia is regional. This affects a section of your body. Patients on regional anesthesia are awake or sedated during the procedure. Regional anesthesias include nerve blocks (the anesthetic is injected into a cluster of nerves, numbing an entire limb), epidurals (the anesthetic is injected into the space just outside the spinal cord, blocking nerve signals) and spinals (the anesthetic is injected into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord, numbing the lower half of the body).
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