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 are required to have a family member or responsible adult bring you to the hospital and take you home after your procedure.

Parking & Registration

Come through the Main Entrance (1) or Emergency Entrance (2). Stop at the Information Desk in the front lobby. You may be required to show your photo ID and insurance cards. Once you’re checked in and registered, you’ll be directed to the surgery waiting room.

Surgery Waiting Area

Your family members may be directed to the surgery waiting room. Updates will be provided to the family members by surgery staff.

Anesthesia

Prior to your procedure, questions and concerns will be addressed with an anesthesia provider. They will 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.

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, and deliver medications.

After Surgery

When your procedure is complete, we will monitor your vital signs and pain level to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.

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 recover 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
  • Medications

We want to know how you’re doing when you get home. Our nurses will give you a call after surgery to see how you're feeling and answer any questions or concerns.