Day of Surgery - What to Expect - Pella Regional Health Center

Day of Surgery

Help make your surgical experience at Pella Regional Health Center flow as smoothly as possible by following any instructions you receive about preparing for surgery. Feel free to bring a book or other items to occupy your time during unexpected delays.

Arrange for Transportation

For your safety, you’ll need to arrange for a family member or responsible adult to bring you to the hospital and take you home when you’re discharged.

Parking & Registration

Arrive an hour and a half before your scheduled procedure. You’ll find parking spots for surgical patients in the lot off Jefferson Street. Then, stop at the Information Desk in the front lobby. Once you’re checked in and registered, you’ll be escorted to the surgery waiting room.

Surgery Waiting Area

While your procedure takes place, your loved ones (up to two adults at a time) can use a pager to notify them when to be sure they’re in the surgery waiting room. This means visitors have the flexibility to remain in the waiting room, get refreshments in our cafeteria, stretch their legs with a walk or take care of other matters as they stay in touch with our caring staff.


Right before surgery, you’ll meet with an anesthesia provider who will answer your questions. We’ll review your medical history, laboratory test results, allergies, current medications and general health to help determine the type of anesthesia that’s the best fit for you.

Throughout your Pella surgery experience, you benefit from the expertise of our certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). These specialists hold national certification, which recognizes the additional education and training they received in the administration of anesthesia, so you know you’re in trustworthy hands.

Your anesthesia provider cares for you before, during and immediately after your surgical procedure. While you’re in the operating room, your provider monitors and manages your vital functions, including heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, body temperature and breathing.

After Surgery

Surgery recovery room at Pella Regional

When your procedure is complete, you’ll move into our surgical recovery room where your nurse closely monitors your vital signs and pain level to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. You’ll also learn some breathing exercises that can help your recovery.

Preparing to Go Home

As you get ready to return home, your nurse will talk with you about important recovery instructions from your surgeon. You’ll also get a written copy of these instructions, so you can easily follow them as you recuperate on your own. You’ll learn about:

  • Caring for your surgical incision
  • How to manage pain or nausea
  • Diet/nutrition, rest and medications
  • Activity level or any activity restrictions

And we want to know how you’re doing when you get home. That means you’ll get a call from us the day after surgery, so we can check in with you, find out how you’re feeling and answer any questions.