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Fax: 843-682-5041

Frequently Asked Questions

When will my IV be started?

For adults and older children, your IV will be started in the Pre-operative area. For younger children their IV will be started in the OR after they are asleep.

Can I go to the Operating Room with my child until he/she is asleep?

The Operating Room is a sterile environment and we do not allow family beyond the ‘red line’ into the sterile area.  Our Circulating Nurse will spend time with you and your child prior to taking them to the Operating Room.  If you appear calm and collected, chances are your child will too.  Children also have the option to ride in the Radio Flyer All-Terrain Cargo Wagon to the Operating Room.

Will I have a chance to talk with my Surgeon and an Anesthesiologist?

Yes.  For those patients receiving anesthesia an anesthesiologist will review your medical history and the anesthesia plan for your case.  Your surgeon will meet with you prior to your procedure either in the preoperative area or in the operating/procedure room.  Most surgeons, except for cataract surgery, will also talk to the patient or their family member after the procedure.

How will I feel after surgery?

You will most likely have some level of discomfort in the area of your surgery. You may also be dizzy or sleepy for several hours. If you are having pain or nausea, let our Recovery Nurses know, they will try to help you.

When will I get to go home after my surgery?

You will be able to go home when you are awake and your pain and/or nausea are reasonably under control. This may be a short period of time or several hours after your surgery is over and varies from patient to patient.

Should I take my usual daily medication?
We generally request that you take your medication before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your sugar at the Center. You should be contacted before your surgery leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of surgery.

Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. Please call us with any questions you may have.

May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.