Outpatient Surgery (cont.)
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The Outpatient Surgery Procedure
For the procedure, the individual is positioned on his or her side, stomach, or back.
Throughout the surgery, the anesthesia team closely monitors the individual to ensure his or her safety and comfort. Medication is given to the person not only to provide anesthesia but also to control the heart rate and blood pressure.
Commonly used medications include the following:
After Outpatient Surgery
With the completion of surgery, the anesthesia team brings the individual to a recovery room where he or she continues to awaken fully from the sedation. Recovery can take from 1 hour to several hours.
Ideally, the individual wakes up with minimal to no pain or discomfort. If significant pain is experienced, a nurse should be informed immediately. The recovery nurse monitors and treats the individual if other problems arise, such as nausea, vomiting, chills, and low or high blood pressure. An anesthesiologist is also available to assist in the recovery room.
Going Home from Outpatient Surgery
All outpatient centers have strict discharge criteria. The individual must meet the following criteria before being released:
A responsible adult must be present at the time of discharge to assist the individual in going home. In addition, this adult should be with the individual at all times for the first 24 hours to provide help when necessary and to call for help should a problem arise.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/8/2016
Lynnus Peng, MD
Edward J Norris, MD, MBA
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM
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