If you have to go in for outpatient surgery, then you may get some relief from learning more about what you can expect. There are steps involved with surgeries that tend to be universal for most types of surgeries. Here are the steps you can expect when you are going in for outpatient surgery.

You Will Have a Preparation and Testing Stage

The preparation stage is the stage where you will have tests done that your doctor requests. These tests will show them things that let them know you are in good shape for the surgery, as well as other pertinent information they need.

The preparation stage is also the stage where you will be given a list of things you must do and not do before you come in for the surgery. For example, you may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for a certain amount of time before your surgery, and to stop taking medications on a certain day.

You Will Have the Actual Surgery

Once you have had all the tests done and are cleared to have the surgery, you will have a date set. Make sure you follow the pre-op instructions so you can avoid problems with your surgery, which you definitely do not want to happen.

You will be given anesthesia or another type of pain blocker. Once you can feel no pain, the surgery will take place. If it takes a long time and you have family waiting, a nurse will go out to let them know how things are going during the surgery.

You Will Have an Immediate Recovery Period

Directly after surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room where you will be monitored. They will keep an eye on things like your blood pressure, your respiratory rate, your pulse, and the amount of time it takes you to wake from the anesthesia. Once you are awake and they see your stats are stable, then you can have a family member come sit with you.

Once you have been cleared to be released, you will be given more forms and you can get into your street clothes. You will have to be wheeled out in a wheelchair in most hospitals; it is a rule taken very seriously.

You Will Recover at Home

You will want to read the papers from the hospital regarding your recovery. Follow all of the instructions. If you are going to need help, let your family know what you need and have them come up with a routine in which you will have someone there when needed.

Understanding these steps when preparing for surgical procedures will help you feel calmer and ready to face the surgery ahead.