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Procedure Day: What to Expect

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Preparing at Home

To help make sure that your procedure and your day go smoothly:



Once you arrive at the location of your procedure, you will be greeted at the front desk and a customer service representative will register you. You will be asked to:

Once you are registered, your family member or another individual you designate will be given a pager and asked to sit in the waiting area. You will be taken into our pre- procedure area to prepare for your procedure.

Pre-Procedure Area

A patient care technician will take your height, weight and vital signs, and you will change into a hospital gown. Valuables should be given to a family member, but if no one is available at this time to take them, they can be placed in a locker for you.

A technician or a nurse will start an intravenous line (IV) that will be used to administer medications. When this and any necessary blood work is done, you will be interviewed again by a pre-op nurse. This is to assure that all of your information is correct. Your family will be brought back to wait with you until it's time for your procedure.


Just Before Your Procedure

Before going into the operating room, your surgeon, anesthesiologist (if you are getting anesthesia) and a circulating nurse from the operating room will talk to you about your procedure, answer your questions and alleviate any concerns you may have. They will confirm the procedure and verify your consent. Your surgeon will mark the site of your procedure if appropriate.

Your anesthesiologist then will administer medication to you through your IV. This medication may make you feel sleepy and you may not remember or be aware of being taken to the operating room. Learn more about our anesthesiology team.

Your family and friends will return to the waiting area. They will be given updates periodically and be told when you are taken to the recovery room. If your child is having surgery, in most cases one parent may go into the operating room until the child is asleep.

After Your Procedure

When your procedure is complete, you will be taken to the recovery area. At first, you will be connected to a heart monitor, your vital signs taken, and your pain level assessed. Medication will be given to you as needed to control your pain.  Your doctor will speak to your family while you are recovering and the nurse will keep your family informed of your progress. Once your vital signs are stable and your pain is manageable, your family may be able to join you.

After you return home, you will receive a call from one of our nurses within 24 to 48 hours to see how you are and answer any questions you may have.

Your Privacy

Anne Arundel Medical Center respects your privacy and follows the regulations outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Your information will only be given to those family members or individuals whom you have designated to receive it.