What is the process when I have an operation in the hospital?

The process of having an operation in the hospital involves several steps:

  • Upon arrival at the hospital, a nurse will welcome you.
  • The nurse will put a plastic band around your wrist with your name and your date of birth on it.
  • You'll change into a hospital gown.
  • Your surgeon will explain to you why you need the operation and what happens during it.
  • You'll talk to your anesthesiologist, a doctor who specializes in medicine that puts you to sleep.
  • Once you fall asleep, they’ll bring you to the operating theater for your operation.
  • Once the operation is over, you will wake up in the recovery room. You might still feel sleepy. It can take a while for the anesthetic medicine to wear off.
  • If you have any pain, your nurse will give you some medicine.
  • Usually you’ll go home the same day, but if it’s a big operation you might stay in the hospital for a few days.

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