Knowing what to expect helps when you are preparing for an upcoming surgery. In addition to helping relieve the understandable nerves you may feel, being an informed and educated patient ensures you know what questions to ask and have a reasonable expectation of your outcome after surgery. In any case, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Kovanda takes extra care with all his patients to make sure they are comfortable, calm, and relaxed in the days and hours before surgery.
Two Kinds of Planned Surgeries
There are two types of surgeries, outpatient and inpatient. Outpatient surgery does not require a hospital stay, while inpatient surgery does. Unless you require emergency surgery, you and Dr. Kovanda will schedule a specific date for your cosmetic surgery.
On the day of your surgery, you will check in to our accredited surgery facility before beginning the preparation process. A nurse will help start your pre-surgical process by asking questions concerning your medical history and recent activities. Generally, these questions include known allergies, symptoms of pain, and when you last ate or drank.
Preparing for Surgery
Your vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature will be checked and monitored by your nurse. Your nurse will put an identification bracelet on your wrist, including your name, birth date, and other important information. All surgery patients wear a hospital gown and take off any jewelry, hair accessories, and contact lenses.
Most surgeries require you to have an intravenous line inserted in your arm. This line is attached to thin plastic tubing connected to a bag of fluids. IV lines give you the anesthetic for general surgery and provide necessary fluids while you’re asleep.
Anesthesia is a medication that helps you fall asleep and stay sedated during your surgery or a compound that will numb the treatment area so you do not feel the pain during surgery. There are different types of anesthesia, general and local.
General anesthesia will help you to stay unconscious throughout the operation. With general anesthesia, you will have an anesthesiologist present during the whole procedure. Their job is to constantly monitor your condition during your surgery, ensuring you receive the correct medication dosage.
Local anesthesia only numbs the area of your body the surgeon is operating on. For major surgical procedures, if local anesthesia is used, it is also used in tandem with IV sedation to induce an altered state of consciousness for Dr. Kovanda can work safely. This is called twilight sedation, which may provide benefits for your unique procedure over general anesthesia.
Once you are properly anesthetized, Dr. Kovanda will perform the operation, and your anesthesiologist will monitor your vitals and medication levels until he finishes.
After Your Surgery
Once your surgery is over, you will be taken to a recovery room, sometimes called a post-op room. Nurses will monitor you here. It is not uncommon to wake up from general anesthesia feeling confused, nauseous, dizzy, sleepy, or cold. Your nurse will take care of you and let your caregiver know when they can see you and take you home if undergoing an outpatient procedure.
Dr. Kovanda will talk with your caregiver and go over all pertinent information regarding the procedure and how it went, as well as any instructions they need to know during the first 24 hours of recovery.
Schedule Your Consultation For Plastic Surgery in Minneapolis
If you’re looking for the most effective cosmetic rejuvenation treatments in Minneapolis, a cosmetic surgery procedure could be right for you. Although you may have fears and worries about the procedure, Dr. Kovanda can help alleviate those nerves by walking you through your specific surgical plan as well as what you can expect during recovery. Don’t let fear stand in the way of a more empowered, more confident you! Contact Kovanda Plastic Surgery by calling our office or filling out our online contact form today.