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Surgical Access Unit

In the Surgical Access Unit (1-1), you will be welcomed by a nurse or administrative assistant. This unit provides interdisciplinary care for patients from infancy through later adult undergoing surgical procedures and therapeutic procedures (e.g., infusions and transfusions). Preparation of surgical patients occurs in this unit prior to the scheduled surgery or procedure. Often times you will be asked to repeat your name, birthday, doctor and procedure. This is done to ensure that you get the correct procedure. Next, you will put on a surgical gown. Your clothes and personal possessions will be labeled and given to your family to bring to your room after surgery.

The nursing staff will review your final preparations before surgery. At some point, your family members will be asked to leave. However, during your surgery they may stay in the surgical waiting room located on the first floor.

When you are ready for surgery you will be transported to the pre-induction area of the operating room. During this time you will meet your anesthesiologist.

Special white, knee-high support stockings (we call them TEDs) may be put on your legs. We may also apply sequential compression devices (SCDs) or foot pumps. These items promote circulation to your legs during and after surgery. An intravenous infusion (IV) will be started. Your IV line provides a route for fluids, medications, antibiotics and a blood transfusion, if necessary. Your IV will be continued for approximately 24 to 48 hours following surgery.

Before receiving general anesthesia, you will be sedated by means of IV, so you will not be aware of the beginning of the general anesthesia process. You can be sure that you will not be aware of the surgical procedure throughout the operation. The level of anesthesia will be kept at the minimum necessary, allowing you to gradually awaken soon after surgery.