Anesthesia Services for Outpatient Surgery and Procedures
Department of Anesthesiology and the Division of Surgical Services work
together to provide a safe, comfortable experience for a broad range of outpatient/ambulatory
procedures (general surgery, gynecologic, GI, eye, orthopedic, ENT, etc.) at a
number of convenient locations (Main Campus, Medical
Plaza Miller, Davie Medical Center).
anesthesia services will be provided by an anesthesia care team, including board
certified anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists,
registered nurses, and resident physicians.
of Anesthesia Will I Have?
the type of procedure you are having and your current level of health, the
following anesthetic options may be offered:
- General anesthesia
- Regional anesthesia
- Local anesthesia with sedation
Before Your Procedure:
with complicated medical problems will be scheduled for a visit in the Preoperative
Anesthesia Clinic (PAC) visit. This is done so that your anesthesia team can
make sure you are in the best health possible before we perform the anesthesia
needed for your procedure. During your PAC visit you will also receive detailed
information about how to prepare for your surgery/procedure, including when to
stop eating and drinking, and instructions regarding preoperative medication
Day of Surgery/Procedure:
- Arrive 1-2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of your
procedure. You will meet with the anesthesiologist who will perform a brief
physical exam and review your medical history and finalize anesthetic plan for
your procedure. You will have an opportunity to discuss any concerns and ask any
questions you may have.
- Bring an adult friend or relative to receive postoperative care
instructions, transport you safely home, and stay with you overnight.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- In the operating room you will be monitored at all times by a
board certified anesthesiologist and a CRNA and/or resident physician in anesthesiology.
- After surgery you will be taken to the post-anesthesia care unit
(PACU)/recovery room where a specialized nurse will continue to monitor you and
provide medications to minimize pain, nausea, and vomiting as needed. Most
patients recover well enough to be discharged in 1-2 hours. In some cases your
surgeon may want you to stay for overnight observation.
- Plan for some recovery time and be prepared for possible side
effects. You maky have some soreness or pain and possibly feel a little
nauseated. The day after surgery, a nurse from our center will call you to see
how you are recovering and answer any questions you may have.
We will...Keep you
safe. Care for you. Involve you and your family. Respect you and your time.