We recognize with any procedure, patients and family have questions regarding a host of topics.
We have taken the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) and grouped them into pre-operative, anesthesia, and post-operative sections. If you still have a question that is not answered by the information provided on these pages, please call our office (239) 481-8833.
You will be escorted into our pre-operative area by one of our caring staff members. You will not need to change out of your clothing. Once you are comfortable on our bed, your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation will be monitored non-invasively. Your surgical procedure, surgical site and date of birth will be verified. A small device will be placed in or around your hand to allow for relaxation medications to be given.
Can I eat and/or drink anything before surgery?
If you are having surgery with sedation, you should not have anything to eat or drink for at least 6 hours prior to your arrival. This includes hard candy, mints or gum. Any deviance from this, and your surgery may need to be delayed or rescheduled.
But what if I am a diabetic?
We will check your blood sugar prior to your surgery. If your surgery is in the morning DO NOT TAKE your insulin or oral glucose medications. If your surgery is in the afternoon, take your oral glucose medications or ½ of your insulin in the morning with a light breakfast (toast, coffee), but it must be 6 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time. You will be provided a light snack after your procedure.
Should I take any medications before surgery?
Will I need a ride 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 drive yourself home, or walk home. If this is a problem, please feel free to contact us. Your safety is our priority.
Most surgeries performed at St. Barbara’s Surgery Center will be performed with some level of sedation. The medications you receive will put you in a relaxed state so as to help reduce your anxiety and any discomfort during the procedure. Your anesthesia provider will review your medical history [Download Form] and ask you a series of questions to provide the optimal amount of anesthesia personalized to your specific needs. For more information, download anesthesia info.
What type of anesthesia will I receive?
How will the anesthesia be given?
I usually get sick from anesthesia, will this happen?
Will I remember the surgery?
Why can I not have anything to eat or drink for 6 hours?
What are the side effects of anesthesia?
Upon completion of your surgery you will taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, sometimes called the recovery area or post-op. There, you will be monitored carefully by specially trained nurses. We will invite your family member to sit with you, you will have your vital signs monitored, and you will receive a light snack. While your friend or family is present, we will go over all of your after surgery instructions and give you a printed copy for your review.
Why can't I drive myself home, I feel fine?
What can I expect after Cataract Surgery?
You will notice a gradual improvement in your comfort and vision. Occasionally, a sensation of grittiness or ‘sand in the eye’ is mentioned and this will go away and Tylenol will help. Please enjoy something to eat and take a nap when you get home. Your vision will fluctuate. You may shampoo or shower, but do not get soap or water in your eye. You may watch television, use the computer or read, as long as it is comfortable for you. Do not drive, drink alcohol or make important decisions the day of surgery. [Download Anesthesia Info]
What is this card I was given?
What can I expect after Eye Lid Surgery?
To reduce normal swelling and bruising the day of surgery, you will be using ice packs every hour for 15 minutes. You should rest as much as possible the first 24-48 hours. Avoid strenuous activities for one week and avoid rubbing your eyes for two weeks. You may bathe, but do not shower for 24 hours and avoid water directly hitting your face. Do not rub. Blood tinged drainage after surgery is normal. You may use Tylenol for any discomfort but avoid any aspirin products for one day after surgery. Do not drive, drink alcohol or make important decisions the day of surgery. [Download Anesthesia Info]
What can I expect after Glaucoma Surgery?
After glaucoma surgery it is normal for your eye to be a bit red and feel puffy or full. There may some irritation and you may be sensitive to bright lights. It is normal for your eyelids to be crusty with dried tears after a nap or in the morning. Use a clean, warm damp washcloth to gently wipe your lids. You should avoid getting soap in your eye while cleansing your lid or showering. Avoid lifting heavy objects or bending over with your head below your waist. You may take Tylenol as needed, but avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen for at least two weeks after your surgery. Do not drive, drink alcohol or make important decisions the day of surgery. [Download Anesthesia Info]