Day Surgery means that a patient will come in to hospital for an operation or procedure and will go home on the same day. If you will be having Day Surgery, be sure to wear comfortable clothes when you come in to hospital. Your surgeon's office may need to contact you on the day of your operation or procedure, so be sure to notify them as to where you can be reached (if other than at home).
Depending on the type of operation, you may go to a specific area in the hospital a few hours before an operation or procedure. There, you may be given additional information about your operation or procedure. Your surgeon's office will notify you of any specific instructions about where you should go and what will happen on the day of your operation or procedure.
You will then be taken to the operating or procedure room and usually given an anesthetic. After the operation is complete, you may spend some time in the Day Surgery or recovery area until you are ready to go home.
Although these operation or procedures take less time for recovery, it is important to understand that you will need help going home. Make arrangements in advance for someone to drive you home and stay with you for a while, until you feel comfortable and able to manage on your own.
You will be given instructions about follow-up visits with your doctor or any other requirements before you leave the hospital. Direct any questions you may have to your surgeon's office.