Frequently Asked Questions

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Pre-Surgery Questions

What can I eat and drink before surgery?

Most patients should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of surgery. If your surgery is later in the day, your anesthesiologist may allow you to have clear liquids up to several hours before your operation. In addition, you will receive instructions regarding the use of your regular medication. These medications may be taken with a sip of water, but this should not exceed the amount of water necessary to comfortably swallow the medication.

You can find additional preoperative instructions in the Day of Surgery Checklist and the Surgery Information area of this web site.

Will someone need to take me home?

Yes, after any type of anesthesia or sedation, you will need to have someone available to take you home. You will not be able to drive, walk, or take public transportation. You are also strongly encouraged to make arrangements to have a responsible adult stay with you during the first 24 hours after surgery.

Occasionally, patients may receive local anesthesia alone, with no sedation. Under these circumstances, it may be possible for you to drive home. Check with your doctor first, or call us at (813)875-0562 to verify this.

You can find additional preoperative instructions in the Day of Surgery Checklist and the Surgery Information area of this web site.

Which of my medications should I take?

It is very important that certain medications are taken before surgery while others should be avoided. You will receive preoperative instruction from TOS explaining which medications you should take on the day of your surgery. Please do not stop taking any medications unless told to do so by your doctor or the anesthesiologist from Tampa Outpatient Surgical Facility. If you regularly use inhalers, please bring them with you to the Center.

You can find additional preoperative instructions in the Day of Surgery Checklist and the Surgery Information area of this web site.

How long before my operation should I arrive?

You will receive instructions from Tampa Outpatient regarding your time of surgery and the time you should arrive at the Surgery Center. Usually, you be asked to come to the Center at least one hour before the time of your surgery. Occasionally, if additional lab testing or preparation is needed, you may be asked to come in earlier.

You can find additional preoperative instructions in the Day of Surgery Checklist and the Surgery Information area of this web site.

Will I be able to take a shower before surgery?

You can take a shower or bath on the morning of the surgery. You may also brush your teeth, remembering to avoid swallowing any additional water or mouthwash.

Please do not use any make-up, hair spray, nail polish, or toiletries on the day of surgery.

You can find additional preoperative instructions in the Day of Surgery Checklist and the Surgery Information area of this web site.

What should I do if I think I’m not feeling well?

If you notice any change in your health, including scratchy throat, cold or fever, please call your physician and the Center at (813) 875-0562.

You can find additional preoperative instructions in the Day of Surgery Checklist and the Surgery Information area of this web site.

What clothing should I wear?

Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes on the day of your surgery. These clothes should be easy to put on. Remember, you may have a bulky dressing after surgery and your clothes should be large enough to allow for this. Your attire should also be capable of being stored in a large bag. When you arrive, we’ll give you a patient gown and socks to wear during your visit.

You can find additional preoperative instructions in the Day of Surgery Checklist and the Surgery Information area of this web site.

Post-Surgery Questions

What happens when the operation is over?
Upon completion of the operation, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), sometimes called the recovery room. There you will be monitored carefully by specially trained nurses. Your anesthesiologist will oversee your care and order any necessary medications. Often, you will receive supplemental oxygen and your vital signs will be checked frequently. You may also be attached to monitors to more closely watch your heart function.
What kind of side-effects can I expect?
It is common to experience a degree of discomfort as a result of your surgery. The amount of discomfort will depend on many factors, but the most important are usually the type and location of the surgery. Another common side effect is nausea and vomiting. This can be related to the surgery or anesthesia or both. At Tampa Outpatient we use anesthetic agents known to have the lowest incidence of post-operative nausea. However, despite the use of these agents and other medications to help reduce the incidence of nausea, some patients still experience these side effects. This occurs most commonly in patients who have experienced post operative nausea before, patients having abdominal or pelvic surgery, patients having ear surgery, and patients who have operations that last more than 2 hours. If you do experience post-operative nausea, we will do our best to control it with medication in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit before you leave.
How long will I be in the Recovery Room?
There are many factors that will determine how long you will stay the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). These factors include the type of anesthesia you received, the type of surgery performed, the length of time of your operation, and your response to the anesthesia. When you feel up to it, one adult visitor will be invited to join you.
What kinds of instructions will I receive?

You will receive written instructions, which will include post-operative instructions from your surgeon as well as general post-operative instructions from Tampa Outpatient Surgical Facility. Unless instructed otherwise, you should follow these guidelines for the first 24 hours after your surgery:

  • Do not drive.
  • Do not make any important decisions.
  • Do not sign any legal documents.
  • Do not take any non-prescription medications unless directed by your physician.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Resume taking your usual medications.
  • Call your surgeon if you have any unusual symptoms or unexpected changes in your condition.

If you have any questions about your instructions, please feel free to contact Tampa Outpatient Surgical Center at (813) 875-0562, or call your surgeon’s office.

What should I expect after I go home?

Recovery from surgery and anesthesia takes time, so plan on getting plenty of rest. We strongly suggest that an adult family member or companion stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. We also recommend following these guidelines for the first 24 hours:

  • Do not drive.
  • Do not make any important decisions.
  • Do not sign any legal documents.
  • Do not take any non-prescription medications unless directed by your physician.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Resume taking your usual medications.
  • Call your surgeon if you have any unusual symptoms or unexpected changes in your condition.

If you have any questions about your instructions, please feel free to contact Tampa Outpatient Surgical facility at (813)875-0562, or call your surgeon’s office.

Anesthesia Questions

Who will provide my anesthesia services?

Anesthesia services at Tampa Outpatient Surgical Facility are provided by Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates, P.A. GTBA has specialized providers for a scope of services including, Pediatric Anesthesia, Cardiac Anesthesia, Heart, Lung, Liver, Kidney Transplantation, Obstetrical Anesthesia, Critical Care Medicine and Pain Medicine. Our members are specialists in anesthesiology and are board certified (or in the certification process) by the American Board of Anesthesiology. GTBA provides services to over 15 bay area hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and medical offices in west central Florida as well as other states in the U.S. For more information about GTBA, visit fgtba.com.

When will I meet my Anesthesiologist?

Your anesthesiologist will interview you shortly after your arrival at the Surgery Center. He or she will ask questions about your medical history, review any laboratory tests you may have had done, and order any other tests that might be needed to provide you with a safe anesthetic. You should feel free to discuss any concerns or questions you have about your care during your visit with the anesthesiologist.

What is different about ambulatory services?

The anesthetic plan, that will be discussed with you prior to your surgery, is tailored so that you will be able to go home soon after your operation is completed. Special anesthetic agents and anesthetic techniques are used to provide a swift recovery from the effects of anesthesia. Most patients are able to leave the Surgery Facility within two hours of their surgery.

Will I receive any sedatives before surgery?

Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will have developed an anesthetic plan for you prior to surgery. This plan may include preoperative sedation and other medications you may need or want to take. If you feel that you would like a preoperative sedative, discuss this with your anesthesiologist during your interview with him or her.

What Types of Anesthesia might I receive?

The anesthetic you receive will be specifically designed for your particular needs and medical indications. There are four main types of anesthesia:

General Anesthesia – during this type of anesthesia care, the patient is not conscious and has complete loss of sensation.

Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) – during this type of anesthesia care, the patient receives sedation and medication to elevate the pain threshold. The surgeon will inject a local anesthetic to provide the loss of sensation necessary for the surgery. Close monitoring of your vital signs, cardiogram and other parameters will be performed by your anesthesia care giver. This is the most common form of anesthesia administered in the outpatient setting.

Regional Anesthesia – involves the use of a local anesthetic to provide anesthesia to a large region of the body. This type of anesthesia includes spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, upper and lower extremity blocks and IV regional blocks. Additional sedation may also be provided.

Local Anesthesia – can provide anesthesia to smaller areas of the body. This is most commonly injected by the surgeon and there may be no anesthesia care giver with you.

Will I be billed separately by the anesthesiologist?

Yes, your anesthesia charge is not part of the charges from Tampa Outpatient Surgical Facility. You will be receiving a separate bill from Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates, P.A.

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