Surgical super suites
Surgery at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center is performed in one of the hospital’s six “surgical super suites”—650-square foot operating rooms equipped with modern surgical equipment and fully integrated digital diagnostic imaging technology. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and surgical techs make up our skilled surgical team.
During surgery, patients’ friends and family are welcome to wait in the surgery waiting room. This comfortable area offers a quiet setting to read, relax or make phone calls. It’s equipped with flat-screen TVs, a PlayStation for children and a private restroom. Waiting room staff and volunteers are present to serve as a liaison between the patient’s family and the surgical services nursing staff and can answer questions and get updates as needed.
After surgery, patients are brought to the postoperative unit. Here, they recover from surgery under the watchful eye of registered nurses trained in postoperative patient care. These nurses maintain constant visual contact with patients and are never more than a few steps from the bedside. The anesthesiologist and nurse will consult often during recovery as they monitor the patient’s progress. During this time, the surgeon and/or nurse will typically meet with the waiting family to provide updates on the patient’s progress.
From the postoperative unit, patients who have undergone outpatient surgery will be discharged to go home when the nurse and doctor determine that they are medically stable and ready to leave. Patients receive postoperative instructions from their nurse, and a follow-up phone call one or two days after surgery.
Surgery patients requiring a postoperative inpatient stay are taken to inpatient rooms when they are medically stable. These patients will recuperate under the care of a registered nurse on the appropriate unit—intensive care, progressive care or postsurgical unit. The nurse will work with the surgeon and if necessary, other physicians, to prepare the patient for a timely discharge.
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