You may know Texas Spine & Joint Hospital as the number one hospital in Texas for spine surgery. Did you know it’s also a great place for most outpatient surgeries including tonsillectomies, orthopedic surgery, ear, nose, throat, and other outpatient procedures? People choose to come here for many reasons including the convenience, the easy parking and access and the privacy.
Same day surgery can be stressful for both patient and family. At Texas Spine & Joint Outpatient Surgical Services, we understand your same day surgery needs and have a location and staff designed exclusively for meeting those needs.
WHAT IS OUTPATIENT SURGERY
Outpatient surgery means that a patient will have surgery and be discharged from the surgery center on the same day.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
Texas Spine & Joint Outpatient Surgical Services is located on the second floor of the MIT Building located at 3414 Golden Road in Tyler. Upon arrival, our friendly, knowledgeable admissions staff will assist you with checking in. This will include personal and insurance information, so please bring your drivers license and insurance card. You will receive an ID bracelet to wear. Your privacy is very important to us. All of your personal information will be protected under HIPAA guidelines.
It is very important that you have an adult family member or friend with you as you prepare for surgery and to drive you home after surgery. For your safety, we cannot allow you to drive yourself home after surgery. Your family is welcome to be with you as your prepare for your surgery in the pre-operative area. Please leave all of you valuables and jewelry at home or with your family member.
PREPARING FOR SURGERY
After completing the admissions process, a member of your surgery team will escort you to the pre-operative area to prepare you for surgery. Your family is welcome to be with you at this time. PLEASE BRING ALL CURRENT MEDICATIONS WITH YOU – INCLUDING OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS, herbs and supplements. Some things you can expect:
- In order to give you fluid and medication throughout your outpatient experience, and IV will be started in the pre-op area.
- A cuff will be placed in your arm to monitor your blood pressure.
- A clip placed on your finger will measure the oxygen level in your blood.
- You will be asked for important information by the nurse, physician, and anesthesiologist.
- When was the last time you ate of drank?
- Do you have a driver to take you home after surgery?
- Questions about your medical and surgical history.
- Questions about reactions to medications or anesthesia.
- The surgeon may repeat questions already asked and will verify the surgery site. This is for your safety.
- Depending on the type of surgery, the area may need to be marked by your anesthesiologist and/or your surgeon.
It is very important for your safety that you give clear, correct information to your healthcare team.
The operating room (OR) provides a safe and sterile place for your surgery. Prior to going to the OR you will see the anesthesiologist and review the type of anesthesia you will receive. You may receive medications prior to going to the OR by stretcher in order to relax.
After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room. A registered nurse will watch you closely until the anesthesia wears off. You may receive pain medication through the IV or by a pill. You may have liquids and snacks when you are ready. When you are alert, your family will be able to visit you in recovery. Your nurse will cover some important details before you are discharged:
- Information about your diet and activity
- Taking care of your surgical site wound and dressing
- Medication information
- Information about your follow up appointment with you physician.
- Physical limitations, if any.
When the healthcare team determines you are ready for discharge, they will assist you and your family in the discharge process. You will be taken to the car by wheelchair upon discharge.
You will be receiving a follow up call from a member of the Texas Spine & Joint Hospital healthcare team. They will check your progress and answer any additional questions you may have.