The appropriate surgical facility will give you a call the day before surgery to notify you of your arrival time/surgical time.
If unable to reach anyone, please email Kyle, Kevin or Natalie, Dr. Cole’s Physician Assistants.
If you are traveling from out of town, please call the hospital (numbers above) and let them know how they can reach you in regards to your surgical time. Let them know your cell phone number and where you will be staying the night before your surgery.
What should I do to prepare for my surgery?
What should I bring with me the day of surgery?
**Leave jewelry, money and valuables at home.
14 days before surgery, you need to stop:
Any Narcotic (example., Vicodin, Norco, Darvocet, Percocet or Oxycontin)
7 – 10 days before, you need to stop:
Any medications prescribed by your physician, please consult before stopping prior surgery (example: Plavix, Coumadin, Warfarin, prescribed Aspirin)
You can continue to take:
On the morning of surgery:
If you are taking any other medications that are not listed, please consult with your internist prior to surgery to determine if you should continue taking the medication or to see when you should stop and resume the medication.
General anesthesia is used for many types of major surgery. During general anesthesia the entire body, including the brain is anesthetized. The patient has no awareness, feels nothing and remembers nothing of the surgical experience afterward. General anesthesia is administered by injecting a liquid anesthetic into a vein, or by breathing a gas anesthetic flowing from an anesthesia machine to the patient through a mask or tube. A plastic endotracheal tube or a mask placed over the airway is frequently used to administer gas anesthetics. With the tube in place, the airway is protected from aspiration of stomach fluids into the lungs. It is normal to have a slight sore throat after your surgery.
Injection of anesthetic into the neck region for shoulder and elbow surgery blocks pain impulses before they reach the brain. With this anesthetic, mental alertness is unaffected. Sedation, or even sleep may be offered to make you comfortable throughout the surgical experience. To receive the injection, you lie down while the anesthetic is injected into the neck or shoulder region. To make placement of the needle almost painless, your skin is first numbed with local anesthetic. This anesthetic may last for 6 to 8 hours and sometimes longer. It is important to start taking your postoperative pain medicine as soon as you begin to feel the onset of discomfort or when the numbness begins to wear off.
** Your anesthesiologist will speak with you directly prior to surgery to review your choice of anesthesia