What to Expect
You will be scheduled to speak with a pre-operative nurse before the scheduled surgery date. This pre-op teaching takes place around one week prior to your surgery date. The pre-op nurse will
review your medical information including medications and any past surgical procedures you have had. It is essential that the doctor and anesthesiologist know the medications you are taking,
including over-the-counter supplements. After reviewing your medical information, the pre-op nurse will provide important information regarding your surgery.
On the day of your surgery, you will be asked to arrive an hour to two hours before your scheduled surgery time. Patients will have the convenience of a quicker check-in at Switchboard,
located at the left-hand side of the Emergency Room entrance, on the south side of the hospital. By registering by the ER entrance, this ensures that patients get checked in quickly and then
directed to our Outpatient Surgery Unit, which is located on the 2nd Floor. All other services at IMH (clinic appointments, lab work, X-Ray, etc.) are registered at the Main Entrance of the
During this time period, an IV will be started and the necessary preparation for surgery will be completed. The anesthesiologist and doctor will also visit you. Once the patient leaves for
surgery, family members will be able to wait in the waiting room. The nurse will also provide updates. If any family is unable to wait here, they may leave a phone number so that our staff
can provide updates and doctors can speak to them once the surgery is done. When the surgery has been completed, the doctor will speak to the family, privately, in our consultation room (or
via phone if the family is not here and has left a phone number to reach them). After the doctor has talked to the family, they may meet the patient in the assigned post-op room after the
patient has woken up from anesthesia. The patient will be monitored in the post-op room until they meet the criteria to be discharged.
Iroquois Memorial Hospital has four surgical suites and up to six recovery room beds. We also have two procedure rooms directly off of the Outpatient Surgery area. The surgical staff consists
of competent and skilled registered nurses. The surgical nurses are all certified in advanced cardiac life support.
The surgical department accommodates patients of all ages. Because of our size patient's family members are encouraged to stay with their loved ones before their surgical procedure. Patients
receive personalized and individualized care throughout their visit. The surgical department is committed to giving safe, and skilled care to all patients.