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

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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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