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What should I expect when I arrive at the Center?

On the day of surgery, you should arrive at the center no less than one hour before surgery to allow time for admitting and pre-operative preparation. Your time of arrival might vary depending on your surgeon's wishes. You will also be asked to sign Consent to Treatment form, which acknowledges your permission for the physicians and facility to care for you. If the patient is a minor, this form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Please be sure to arrive promptly at the time noted on the front of your packet.

My child is scheduled for surgery - are there special arrangements for pediatric patients?

Since the prospect of surgery can be frightening to a young child (and also to the child's parents), our staff makes every effort to alleviate the fears of both parent and child. You and your child are invited to get acquainted with our staff and facilities. Please call for an appointment.

We also recognize that a parent's presence can provide a great source of comfort for the pediatric patient. For this reason, we encourage you to stay with your child in the preoperative area prior to surgery and in the progressive recovery lounge following surgery.

We do welcome both parents of the pediatric patient to remain at the center throughout surgery. However, we recommend that siblings do not accompany pediatric patients. If your child is having surgery, feel free to bring his or her favorite stuffed animal or security blanket for added reassurance.

Anesthesia

What should I expect with regard to anesthsia and sedation?

During most procedures at Lowry Surgery Center, patients are given different types of anesthetics. These range from local anesthetics to general anesthesia.

Anesthesia services are provided by Metro Denver Anesthesia (MDA) and Colorado Anesthesia Consultants (CAC). You may contact their offices at MDA, 303-894-9797 and CAC, 303-377-6825.

Before your procedure at Lowry Surgery Center, you will meet your anesthesiologist and will be advised of your options and the risks involved. At this time, you can ask any questions that you may have regarding your anesthesia. Your may be asked to sign a consent for anesthesia, if applicable. For endoscopic procedures (such as colonoscopies and upper endoscopies) patients receive IV sedation.

Types of Anesthesia and Definitions

General Anesthesia: There are two types of general anesthesia, endotracheal and mask. In endotracheal anesthesia, anesthetic and respiratory gases are passed through a tube placed in the windpipe via the nose or mouth. In mask anesthesia, gases are passed through a mask that covers the nose, mouth and airway.

Regional Anesthesia: There are three types of regional anesthetics, epidural, spinal and nerve blocks. In epidurals, a small catheter is inserted into the epidural (spinal) space so that anesthetizing agents may be given to prolong the duration of anesthesia. In spinal anesthesia, the anesthetic agent is injected into the spinal subarachnoid space to produce loss of sensation. Nerve Blocks, local anesthetizing agents are injected into specific areas to inhibit nerve transmission.

Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC): This type of anesthesia includes the monitoring of at least blood pressure, oxygenation, pulse and mental state, with supplementing sedation and analgesia supplied as needed by an anesthesiologist.

IV Sedation: This type of sedations is similar to MAC except that monitoring is done by the physician doing the procedure and a registered nurse.

Local Anesthesia: Anesthetizing agents are injected or infiltrated into a small area of the body, usually the surgical site. Topical agents can also be applied on the skin or mucous membranes.