(Closed) My husband is having surgery tomorrow.

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I doubt tere will be a place to lay down, but there will probably be a waiting room with chairs and a vending machine. Some of the higher tech ones will have a big TV that will have “patient numbers” and it will tell where they are so you should know when he is in surgery and then in PACU. One of the nurses I work with just had a nose job (a patient went nuts and broke her nose) and she said the worst part was having the packing removed a week later. Good luck tomorrow!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’ve learned to make myself “comfortable” in those waiting chairs. My family has been through a lot of long surgeries while I’ve been around. But really, chances aren’t likely you’ll be able to sleep even if you feel like you’ll want to right now. Just move some chairs around and put your feet up, or sit sideways with your back against the wall and throw your legs over the chair next to you.

Also, your post made me laugh… “Apparently, oxygen is a good thing, and he’d like to try it sometime.” Love it! Hope it’s smooth sailing for him!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yes, I went with him. It was a simple procedure, but it was still scary. I sat with him while we waited for him to go into the surgery room and waited until it was over. I then got the car when they discharged him. I was a wreck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

After surgery they’ll bring him to post-op or recovery. He’ll have to wake up and they’ll make sure everything all a-okay with him and then you can see him soon after that.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You will get to see him after he starts waking up in recovery.  The doctor should come out and talk to you and then you will be let back to see him once he is awake enough to be moved out of the staging area where they put everyone waking up from anesthesia.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

He may not get a room, since it’ll just be a day surgery. He’ll probably get a little curtained off bay area where you can sit with him while he recovers enough for you to take him home.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@GreenEyedMoon:  or maybe just the evil nurses who don’t want you to aspirate because your swallowing reflex is not fully restored after the anesthesia…

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

@GreenEyedMoon:  Heh. As a nurse this made me laugh alot. I have felt like the devil before when people have to be NPO before surgery or when I can’t give them as much drink as they want because they are literally going to drink (water) themself to death if I would let them.

Hope waiting isn’t too bad.I’ve had to sit in a few waiting rooms (transplants take for stinkin ever!) and the best thing was having a book or something. Obviously this isn’t really a life or death surgery so you can be a little relaxed. Bring a snack, I don’t know what it is but hospital vending machines never seem to work when I’m starving. Napping is unlikely unless you are good at curling up in wooden armed chairs for sleeping. I don’t know why hospital waiting room chairs are always super uncomfortable. After he goes back and they finish, depending on the hospital, they will take him to recovery and you will most likely see him there after he has woken up a little and they make sure everything is alright. At least in the surgeries I have seen, the dr. will come out and talk to you while they take him back there and then it won’t be long before they let you go back. If it is day surgery he will most likely just stay in recovery until he can go home, not actually get a room.  

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I say take a book or an ipad or something to readdwatch movies. You shouldnt be waiting very long! Best wishes and a speedy recovery!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

EDIT: my phone hates me posting apparently. Sorry!

My Fiance had surgery on his knee 2 weeks back and my experience is: bring reading materials! Or something to keep you busy. The hospital we were at had wifi in certain areas so that was cool. Likely they won’t have a place for you to lie down, just chairs usually. I would wear yoga pants and bring a sweater because hospitals are always cold. At least I get cold, lol. Also bring snacks and change for the vending machine – maybe if you’re lucky the hospital will have a little cafe or coffee shop in it. Mine had a Second Cup! 🙂 

 

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