a. Time of arrival is generally two hours prior to the scheduled surgery time. You will check in at registration and then proceed to the OR waiting area.
b. You will then be called in to the pre-operative holding area, where you will have a general work-up by a nurse and physician assistant. An IV will be placed. If necessary, the area to be operated on will be shaved and cleaned. You will also meet the anesthesiologist and Dr. Ranawat prior to going to the OR. The surgical site will be confirmed multiple times and initialed by Dr. Ranawat.
c. After surgery, you will recover in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). You will be here for about 2 hours, but this can vary depending on your response to anesthesia and recovery. Once you are ready for discharge, you will be wheeled out to the hospital entrance by a patient care assistant where you will be helped into your vehicle.
d. While you may arrive by yourself, you must have an escort to take you home from the hospital after surgery.
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