A Walk Through Day Surgery at the Pavilion

1-2 Days Before

One or two days before your surgery, an Anesthesia Assessment nurse will call you.

Your nurse will:

  • Ask about your past medical history to inform your medical team
  • Will tell you which medications you can and cannot take
  • Give you a report time for surgery
  • Remind you that you should not eat or drink anything after midnight
    • Food or drink in your stomach may make you nauseous during surgery.
    • You may throw up or aspirate food or drink into your lungs.
    • You could get pneumonia or some other infection.

Getting There

  • For your convenience, use the drop off in front of The Pavilion.
  • Report time is usually 1-2 hours before your scheduled surgery.
    • Please remember that surgical procedures sometimes take longer than expected.
    • Your operation may be delayed because the procedure ahead of yours took longer than expected.
  • Report to the check-in desk in the lobby.
  • A family member or friend must accompany you to Day Surgery Check-In.

Checking In at The Pavilion

  • Give your name, birthdate, address and phone number to the check-in receptionist.
  • The receptionist will escort you and your family to your Pavilion room.

Arriving at Your Day Surgery Room

  • This is your room for the day. Coffee is available for your family at the nurses’ station.
  • Your Day Surgery nurse will ask for your name and birthdate and explain the details of your room.
  • You will be asked to remove all your clothes and change into hospital gown with the opening to the back.

Preparing for Day Surgery

  • An anesthesia doctor or resident will talk with you about anesthesia choices, such as whether you’ll have a block or general anesthesia. You may again be asked for your name and birthdate.
  • A nurse will take your vitals signs and start your IV. You may again be asked for your name and birthdate.
  • An operating room nurse will ask you for your name and birthdate, and then take you to the OR.
  • Your family will wait for you in your Pavilion room.

During Your Surgery

  • The OR is very cold.
    • For infection control – Germs grow less easily in a cold environment.
    • For your surgeon’s comfort – Your medical team are gowned and gloved, wearing many extra layers for your protection.
  • Your surgery time is an estimate; it may take more time or less time than your surgeon told you it would.
    • Sometimes the surgery before yours starts late.
    • Your surgeon will not rush your surgery.

Immediately After Your Surgery

  • You’ll go back to your Pavilion room where your family is waiting.
  • Your nurses will monitor:
    • Your pain
    • Your incision
  • You’ll be given something to drink and some crackers to eat.
  • You’ll sit upright in a chair.
  • You’ll be given post-op instructions.
  • You’ll be given medications, if necessary.
  • Your surgeon will discuss your operation with you.
  • When your pain is under control, you’ll be sent home.


Our goal is to have you discharged from The Pavilion and sent home as soon as it’s medically appropriate.

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