Welcome to Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital. The
following information is designed to provide you with information regarding
your upcoming surgery. Although there are many different types
of procedures and surgeries, there are certain things that
are done for nearly every patient. After
is made that you are to have surgery, your physician may need you to have lab
work, x-rays, and/or an EKG to be completed in preparation
for your surgery. They will discuss
with you the date of your surgery
and provide you with paperwork if you need to have previously
mentioned tests completed. If you have been asked
to stop any" blood thinners", please consult
your prescribing doctor.
pre-operative Registered Nurse from Surgical Services will call you a few days
procedure unless you are scheduled for a
pre-op visit with the nurse the day before your
surgery. Please verify that we have your correct phone numbers in case
there is a schedule
change. She will ask you questions regarding
your health history, medications, and previous
surgeries. Have a current medication list with doses ready to review. At
the end of the interview,
she will tell
you the time we would like for you to arrive at the hospital. This time may be
an hour and a half before your surgery. This
is so that a Registered Nurse and a Certified
Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or Anesthesiologist can begin the
admission process to
prepare you for your surgery. This will include review of your
chart, getting changed into a gown,
vital signs, starting an intravenous (IV) line, and discussing your surgery
You will also
be asked to fast for 8 hours before your procedure, this includes gum &
This will help prevent aspiration while you
are going under anesthesia. The evening before &
the morning of your surgery, it is recommended that you
shower with the Hibiclens packet
your pre-op visit or Dial soap from the neck down.
If you have
developed a cough or have a cold, or have a fever, please call your doctor or
Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital at 985-510-6129 and
leave a message. Someone will get
back with you.
When you arrive at the hospital, walk into the front lobby & proceed
the front desk and check in with the receptionist. You will be
lead to our admission's area to be
in, then admitted to the nursing unit where you will pre-oped. Please bring the
Photo ID or driver's license
Method of payment
Copy of Power of Attorney if applicable
Copy of Living Will if applicable
Children under the age of 18 must be
accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Legal guardian must have proof of
If any pre-surgery tests were performed at
another lab or hospital, make sure you bring the results and other necessary paperwork
Leave your valuables at home for safe
keeping. Do NOT bring credit cards, money,
or jewelry. If
you do bring valuables, ask family or friends to keep them for you. Please do
wear make-up, nail polish, and perfume. You
can bring a book to read in case there is a delay in
your care. For pediatric patients, they may bring in a
favorite blanket or stuffed animal.
will be present for them upon arrival to the recovery area
and will help soothe them. If you are
the parent of
a minor, we ask that you remain on hospital grounds throughout the patient's
admission, surgery, and recovery.
If you are
having outpatient surgery, you need someone to provide
home, as you are not able to drive for 24 hours post-operatively after
Someone must be here in the
facility at all times during your procedure.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. This will ensure
that no tight clothing will be
your dressing that you may have after surgery. If you are scheduled to stay
overnight, bring an overnight bag with your personal
items & all your medications.
If you wear glasses, bring a case to place them in so
that they are secure while you are in surgery. Do not wear your contact lenses.
HEARING AIDS, DENTURES AND PARTIALS:
You can wear
them to the hospital. We may have you
immediately before your surgery begins.
FOOD AND DRINK:
ask that you
NOT eat or drink anything 8
hours before your surgery.
This is the
time it takes for your stomach to empty food & liquids. Any food remaining
aspirated into your lungs. This includes gum
and mints. You may brush your teeth and rinse
mouthwash, just be sure to avoid swallowing any water or mouthwash.
the evening prior to or the morning of your surgery. Smoking causes
irritation and may increase the likelihood of breathing problems during
heart, breathing, thyroid, steroids, blood pressure or seizure
medications should be taken with a small sip of
water on the day of your surgery. Begin
avoiding the use of Aspirin or Motrin/lbuprofen products at the advice
of your surgeon. If you
aspirin, Plavix or Coumadin daily, you must talk with your surgeon/GP/internist
discontinuing the medication.
Bring your inhalers and/or your CPAP machines with you when you come for
When you arrive to the Surgical
Services waiting, the receptionist will check you in with Registration. You
will be admitted to the unit where you change into a patient gown and are
given an ID bracelet to wear until you go home.
Your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature
are taken. Before going into the Operating Room, you may have an IV line started. The IV will provide you with fluids and enable you to receive medications (such as antibiotics, pain
medication, and relaxation medication).
Anesthesia is an important part of surgery. You will meet with a
Certified Registered Nurse
(CRNA) prior to surgery to review your test results and surgical and medical
history. After this thorough interview, they will discuss what kind of
anesthesia is best for you and give
another opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
The Operating Room, also called the OR, is
staffed by a team of trained professionals and
provides the most sterile and safe surgical environment possible. The
surgical team is headed
by your surgeon, who is responsible for your
overall care. You will meet your nurse prior to your
transport into the OR. S/he will ensure that sterile
procedures are followed, anticipate and act on
the needs of the team, and provide a private, safe environment for you.
During surgery, the
CRNA manages your airway, administers medication, and will monitor
your vital signs. They will
be at the head
of your bed throughout your procedure and will not leave until your procedure
complete and you are transported
to the recovery area.
THE RECOVERY ROOM (POST-ANESTHESIA CARE UNIT OR PACU):
Immediately after surgery, you will be
transported to PACU. You will receive care from a trained
Recovery Room Registered Nurse. You are monitored until
you are either ready to go to your
room on the
Medical/Surgical Unit or home. Your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse,
respirations, oxygen saturation) are checked frequently
during this time. As you awaken, you
the bright lights in the PACU and that the temperature is cool. We will provide
blankets for you, if needed. We want you to
be comfortable. You will be asked frequent
determine if anesthesia is wearing off. You may have an oxygen mask or cannula
on your face. Coughing and deep breathing are important
after surgery to promote adequate air
exchange. This will be reviewed
with you and encouraged.
surgery, your surgeon has specific discharge instructions for you to follow.
leave the hospital; you will have these
instructions reviewed with you. These will be written out
and given to you before you leave from home for reference.
Information will include diet,
incisional care, medications, and follow-up appointment at your doctor's
office. If you have questions about your post-op care, call you surgeon.
re-awakes all of your systems, promoting normal body functions. After your
you should expect to get out of
bed and walk. Be sure to have help the first time you get out of
bed and begin walking. Your doctor may have
prescribed TED stockings or SCD (sequential
compression device) be placed on your lower legs, which promote
circulation and help prevent
clots. Another thing you can do to help circulation in your legs is to do ankle
exercises. To do the exercises, called ankle pumps, sit or lie down with
your legs fairly straight and point
toes toward your nose and then back down as far as you can. You should feel
muscles tighten and relax.
Do ten pumps in a row about every hour after you are awake from surgery.
This pumping action is similar to the movement of your calf muscle during
EATING AFTER SURGERY:
What and when
you can expect to eat depends on your doctor's orders. When your doctor
orders that you may eat or drink, it is customary for
the nurse to start you on a clear liquid such
ginger ale, or juice. This is so that the nurse can assess how you tolerate the
liquid before advancing your diet.
If you had
the type of surgery which was done through an incision, you can usually expect
have a dressing over the incision. This will
be assessed immediately upon your arrival to
PACU. This dressing helps to keep the incision clean, dry, and help to
Before you go home, instructions about your
dressing will be provided to you.
After your surgery, you may or may
not experience some discomfort. If you do experience
discomfort, tell your nurse. Pain medication may be ordered by your
surgeon either to be given by mouth or through your IV. In order to help
your nurse control your discomfort, you are asked
to rate your discomfort on a scale of 0 — 10. It is easier to control
discomfort when it is lower on
scale then if it reaches the higher portion of the scale. Before you are
discharged, patient discomfort should be tolerable.
Thank you for giving us an
opportunity to take care of you during your stay at Cypress Pointe. It has been
a pleasure to be part of your care. If you have any questions, about your
information, call 985-510-6093 or