Day of Endometriosis Surgery

What should you be mindful of the day of your surgery?

We have found that for a lot of our patients there is fear of surgery, due to the fact that they have never had surgery before. Because of this, we like to keep our patients fully informed so that they know what to expect on the day of their surgery. We want them to know above all else that they are in good hands and have nothing to fear.

Upon scheduling your surgery, you will receive a specific time of operation. It is your job to arrive at the hospital 60-90 minutes prior to this time. We, along with the whole surgical team in the OR work very hard to ensure that your surgery begins right at the time it is scheduled for. Nevertheless, surgeries can sometimes be delayed due to an emergency rising in the hospital or certain cases requiring a longer time than was expected. We pride ourselves in taking the time and effort to conduct a thorough laparoscopic examination and excision surgery with each and every patient. For this reason, we hope you understand when these delays occur. During this time, however, you will be sitting in a comfortable chair and your partner or any guest brought do not have to leave until it is your time to be taken in for surgery. Some patients also enjoy bringing a book or reading material in order to pass the time.

What should you expect the day of your surgery?

When you arrive at the hospital, you will come to the ambulatory operating room on the first floor. After checking in, you will be given a medical gown and seat. You will comfily wait until it is time for your surgery, at which time you can be accompanied by your guest(s). When it comes time for your surgery but before you are taken into the operating room, you will meet everyone who will be present in the room during surgery. This will include your surgeon, anesthesiologist, a medical resident and nurses who assist in the surgery and sample collection. You will meet all of these professionals individually, which is done to ensure a thorough and personal surgical experience. Remember, this is for you! Thus it is important for you to use this time as a way to clarify any last questions you may have before your surgery, as well as provide any information asked or not yet given. We want to ensure that you feel minimal stress leading up to your surgery and having our providers introduce themselves and answer any last minute questions you may have, has been found to be a great way to do so.

After saying goodbye to your guest(s), who will be able to wait for you in our waiting room, you will be directed to the operating room. Once in the room, you will lay down on the surgical bed and be given anesthesia, which will put you to sleep until the surgery is complete. The surgery can take anywhere from 1 to 5 hours depending on the severity of your case. But upon waking up, you will be given a warm blanket and wheeled into the recovery room. Your surgeon will greet you to tell you how everything went and confirm what they removed. They will then let you rest and follow up with you after a few hours.

How long you take to recover is dependent on the type of surgery you receive. However, most of our patients are able to leave during the evening that they were operated on, or at most after one day. We strongly believe that the best place for you to recover after minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is in the comfort of your own home, as opposed to a hospital. Thus it is our goal to expedite this healing process, but never at the expense of the quality of your care, recovery and overall health and well-being.

What instructions are there for the day of surgery?

Below is a list of instructions to keep in mind the day of your surgery:

  • Make sure not to eat or drink anything from midnight the night before.
  • Make sure your schedule is completely free the day of your surgery.
  • Make sure to wear comfortable clothing. You will also be provided with a hospital gown.
  • Avoid bringing any jewelry or valuables. Although we provide every patient with a space to store their possessions, you will feel much more comfortable keeping valuable possessions to a minimum.
  • Please arrive at the hospital 60-90 minutes prior to your scheduled surgery.
  • You can go directly to the main entrance of the hospital and then make a right. The OR waiting room will be on your left. There is also front desk assistance for help, right when you walk into the hospital.
  • All patients need to have a partner, family member or another form of escort with them. We are not allowed to discharge a patient home alone, even in a taxi, due to anesthesia. In fact, we often recommend women bringing their partners. Endometriosis surgery can be very personable, and having the comfort of loved one directly next to you the day of your surgery can be very helpful.

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