Top Ten Tips for Day Surgery at the Pavilion

The staff at The Pavilion came up with a list of Top Ten Tips for creating the best possible surgery experience at The Pavilion for you and your family.

1.    Scott & White offers deaf interpreter and extensive foreign language interpreter services. Call Day Surgery at 254-724-8595 at least 24 hours prior to surgery.

2.    Once you check in at The Pavilion, your family can stay in your room for the duration of your surgery and recovery time.

  • Your room has limited seating for only a few family members.
  • There’s free wifi in your room and throughout The Pavilion.

3.    You’ll be asked the same questions over and over by different healthcare professionals.

  • What is your name?
  • What is your birthday?
  • Who is your surgeon?
  • What are we doing for you?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Do you have any loose teeth or dentures?
  • Do you have any metal or hardware?

4.    You must have a driver with you. After your surgery, you are not allowed to drive yourself home or go home in a taxi or bus.

5.    You may have to re-sign and re-date the consent form for your operation.

  • Consent forms must be signed within 30 days of the appointment with your surgeon.
  • Sometimes the photocopy or scan is unclear.

6.    Be aware: The operating room is very cold.

  • For infection control – Germs grow less easily in a cold environment.
  • For your surgeon’s comfort – Your medical team is gowned and gloved – wearing many extra layers – for your protection.

7.    Your surgery time is an estimate. It may take more or less time than your surgeon told you.

  • Sometimes the surgery before yours starts late.
  • Sometimes you have to wait a long time in the OR.
    • Difficulty getting your IV started
    • Waiting for your anesthesia to begin
    • Prepping and positioning you
  • Your surgeon will not rush your surgery.

8.    Food and drinks are available for your family.

  • Free drinks at the nurses station
  • Food and drinks for purchase at the kiosk in the lobby
  • Your family may bring in food from home or from outside vendors.

9.    The Pavilion staff must be able to be in contact with your family at all times.

  • If your surgical procedure is less than 30 minutes, your family must stay at The Pavilion during your operation.
  • If your surgical procedure is scheduled for 1 to 2 hours, your family may leave The Pavilion.
  • If your family leaves The Pavilion, they must provide a cell phone number so we may contact them, if necessary.


10.    After your surgery, you will return to your room for recovery.

  • Your surgeon will come to your room and discuss your operation with you.
  • Your nurses will give you pain medication, if necessary.
  • Our philosophy is to get you up and home as soon as possible.

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