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What to expect before, during and after surgery at day surgery centers

Many people are unaware of the breadth of surgeries performed at day surgery centers, such as orthopedic, general (i.e. gallbladder removal), oncology-related, and ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures.

Because surgery can be such an anxiety-inducing event, it certainly helps to know what to expect before, during and after surgery at a day surgery center. The exceptional administrative and clinical team at Moses Cone Surgery Center is dedicated to ensuring a safe and comfortable patient experience through a thorough pre-operative process involving obtaining all patients’ health histories, ordering any necessary lab work or tests needed before surgery, offering facility tours and staff meet-and-greets for pediatric patients, and pre-operative meetings with the entire surgical team to answer any questions the patients and/or their families may have and to go over the patient’s full care plan.

During surgery, patients’ families receive regular updates from the Surgery Center’s medical team members and via a digital board on display in the waiting room. After surgery, patients are brought to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for a two-stage recovery process, first involving one-on-one monitoring by a nurse as the patient comes out of anesthesia, then continued recovery in a private room in which the patient receives food and refreshments, and family and/or visitors can join and receive full discharge instructions.

For patients who require an overnight stay, Moses Cone Surgery’s Center provides a Recovery Care Center with 24/7 medical staff and comfortable rooms equipped with pull-out beds for family member’s to stay with the patient. Moses Cone Surgery Center’s dedication to a safe, thorough and friendly pre- and post-operative experience is just one of the reasons they continue to earn patient satisfaction scores in the 99th percentile across the nation.

Spokesperson Background:

Tim Blocker is a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Moses Cone surgery Center. Blocker received a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from UNCG in 1983 and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from UNCG in 1991. He earned a Master of Science in nursing with certification in anesthesia from Wake Forest University in 2003.


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