Day of Surgery
The day of your surgery may be a flurry of activity and things to do. At Pella Regional Health Center, we work with you and your family to ensure you have the best experience and outcome possible.
For your safety, you’re required to have a family member or responsible adult bring you to the hospital and take you home after your procedure. Wheelchairs are available for your use before and after surgery to help you get to and from the car.
Parking & Registration
Come through the main entrance (after 7 a.m.) or emergency entrance (before 7 a.m.). Stop at the information desk in the front lobby to check in. You may need to show your photo ID.
If your doctor ordered lab tests before your procedure, you’ll be directed to the lab first. But if not, you’ll register and go to the surgery waiting room with your family or loved ones.
Surgery Waiting Area
You’re welcome to bring up to two family members with you. They can stay in the waiting room during your procedure.
Your family will receive tracking numbers that allow them to monitor your surgery progress from the waiting room. If your surgery lasts more than an hour, they’ll be updated by phone every hour.
Once you leave the waiting room, you’ll go to an individual room and receive a gown and socks. Up to two family members may accompany you to your private room. Your nurse and anesthesia team will visit you and your family to answer questions and prepare you for the surgery.
Anesthesia for Surgery
Your safety is a priority for our surgery team. Before your surgery, you and your family will talk with your anesthesia provider about:
- Current medications
- General health
- Laboratory test results
- Questions and concerns
- What to expect after surgery
- Your medical history
Knowing this about you helps your anesthesia provider choose the right anesthesia and pain relief for your health needs.
Your anesthesia provider monitors you throughout surgery to ensure your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, body temperature, and breathing are in good condition.
Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia
Experience advanced techniques in surgery pain prevention at Pella Regional with ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. This technique guides the injection of anesthesia to the exact spot needed, avoiding effects on surrounding tissue. You’ll have faster recovery after surgery along with post-operative pain control.
Throughout your surgery experience with us, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). These specialists hold national certifications that recognize the additional education and training needed to administer anesthesia.
Preparing You for Surgery
Your doctor and care team provide you with instructions on how to prepare for surgery and what to expect after surgery.