Upon your arrival to the pre-operative area, your family members will receive a card with your personal identification number (PIN), the name of your and a phone number to call with any questions. The confidential PIN allows your family members to track your status by referring to the tracking board located in the surgery waiting room. The monitor indicates whether you are in the pre-operative area, operating room, recovery room or if you've been brought to a private room. In the event your surgery lasts for more than an hour, an operating room nurse will call the surgery waiting area 60 minutes into the procedure to speak with your family, providing them with an update on your status.
Once you have been taken to the operating room, your family member or friends may return to the surgery waiting room. Your time in surgery will depend upon the type of surgery you are having. Your surgeon should be able to give you a general length of time to expect.
During your surgery, your family and friends can watch television and read magazines in the waiting area. If your family or friends are not in the waiting area when your surgery is finished, they may miss the chance to speak with the surgeon. Once they have spoken with the surgeon, they may wish to visit other areas in the hospital while you are in recovery.
Please feel free to contact the pre-admission nurse with any questions at (480) 728-7062.
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