Preparing for Outpatient or “Day” Surgery

When preparing for any type of surgery, knowing what to expect can help to reduce anxiety levels. Whether you are going in for an outpatient or inpatient procedure, taking the time to ask questions and prepare yourself can also help to ensure a smooth and easy experience. Read on to learn more about day surgery and what you can expect during this time.

What is the Difference Between Outpatient and Inpatient Surgery?

Outpatient surgery, also called “day” surgery, is when a patient comes to the hospital for a minor surgical procedure and leaves for home the same day. Inpatient surgery is when someone must stay in the hospital overnight following surgery. In many cases, patients who are staying overnight will be admitted to the hospital the morning of their surgery.

What are Some Common Outpatient Plastic Surgery Procedures?

Some of the most common outpatient plastic surgery procedures include breast augmentation with implants, breast reduction, breast lift, breast implant removal, liposuction, Brazilian butt lift, and more. If you would like to learn more about your outpatient plastic surgery options, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Angelchik.

How to Prepare for Surgery

Overall, preparation for your procedure will depend on the type of surgery you are having. However, your doctor will generally ask that you do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure. This is because having an empty stomach before surgery decreases the risks of anesthesia. If you do accidentally eat or drink before your surgery, be sure to let your doctor or nurse know right away. If you have any other questions or concerns before your procedure, do not hesitate to ask. Your doctor wants you to feel comfortable and confident when going into surgery.

What to Expect on Your Outpatient Surgery Day

A couple of days before your surgery, you may receive a call from the hospital to let you know what time you should arrive, which is usually 1-2 hours before the procedure. Once you check into the hospital, you will go to the Day Surgery area, where you will be assigned a nurse. He or she will ask if you have had anything to drink or eat before coming to the hospital and may ask whether or not there is a chance you may be pregnant. It is important to answer these questions truthfully for a safe and smooth surgery. If you are wearing contacts you will be asked to remove them, as well as any jewelry you may be wearing.

What Happens After Surgery?

Once your outpatient procedure is complete, you will be taken to a temporary recovery room. There, a nurse will check on you frequently, taking your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. You may feel cold or chilly following surgery which is normal. If you are thirsty and your doctor says it is OK for you to drink, your nurse may offer you water, or other clear liquids. After you have had time to fully wake up and are comfortable, the nurse will remove your IV and help you get ready to go home.

Schedule a Consultation

Outpatient surgery can be a great option for many patients who wish to achieve their aesthetic goals without prolonged recovery time. Contact Dr. Angelchik in Glendale, AZ today to schedule a consultation appointment to learn if you are a good candidate.

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If you're interested, please contact us today at 602-517-0077 to schedule your consultation. Our office provides excellent plastic surgery to clients in the Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise and Peoria areas of Arizona.