Crestwood Medical Center offers general and specialized surgical procedures. Many of these procedures are available on a same-day, outpatient basis.
Day of surgery
On the day of your surgery, go to the main entrance of Crestwood Medical Center (Outpatient Center Entrance located on the North side of the facility), and the receptionist will guide you from there. Allow yourself extra time to finalize registration and take care of any additional pre-surgery steps. You will be given an ID bracelet, which you will wear throughout your hospital stay. If you’ll be running late, let us know as soon as possible at (256) 429-4950.
After registration you will be escorted to the pre-op area. In pre-op, a registered nurse will prepare you for surgery. In this area you will:
When your pre-op is complete, two visitors are allowed to wait with you until you are taken back for surgery.
Before Your Surgery
Your surgeon will mark the spot on your body to be operated on. If you are having spine surgery, a second check using X-rays in the operating room will confirm the correct location for your surgery. Make sure your surgeon marks only the correct part and nowhere else. This helps to ensure that the correct surgery will be performed.
Frequently patients are given medication to help them relax prior to going into surgery. As a result, you may not remember anything about your arrival in the operating room. However, if you should remember, you may notice that it is a very busy place, as we ensure that everything about your planned surgery procedure is safe. The lights are bright and the temperature is cool. You will be provided with warm blankets or a warming device. At all times, you will be taken care of by a team of professionals who are concentrating on you and working to ensure the best outcome from your planned procedure. The length of the surgery and recovery time at the hospital will depend on the specific procedure.
After your surgery
Once the surgery is complete, you’ll be taken into the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. There you will receive constant care from a post-anesthesia care nurse. As the anesthetic wears off, noises may sound louder than usual. You may have blurry vision, a dry mouth and chills. Your nurse will continuously assess you for pain and administer medications as needed. Once your vital signs are stable, your pain is managed and you have met specific transfer criteria you will transferred to one of the inpatient nursing units or to our outpatient same day unit for further recovery prior to your discharge home.
After anesthesia, deep breathing and coughing are important to expand the lungs and help prevent pneumonia. Walking is usually encouraged after surgery and helps to promote circulation and a more rapid return to a healthier state of well being. Your doctor may also give you a special diet until your body is able to digest food.
Crestwood Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and guidelines on this webpage have been developed in conjunction with The Joint Commission Speak Up Program. The goal of the Speak Up program is to help patients become more informed and involved in their health care. Learn more at www.jointcommission.org.
For more infomration, pease call:
Crestwood Medical Center
One Hospital Drive
Huntsville, AL 35801