What to Expect Before, During and After Your Surgical Procedure
Welcome to Surgery
Welcome to the surgery departments at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial in Lufkin and Livingston. We are glad you chose us for your procedure. We look forward to serving you and helping make your stay as pleasant as possible.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR NURSES IN SURGERY
As your surgery team prepares for your surgery in an optimum state-of-the-art surgical suite, you will be visited by several operating room staff members involved in your care. A highly skilled and trained Registered Nurse will greet you and your family, and answer any questions you may have about your visit to the surgery department. Your nurse will greet you with a smile, bring warm blankets, and provide information regarding your surgery.
You will meet an Anesthesiologist and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who will speak to you about the best choice for anesthesia for your surgery, and all measures that will be taken to provide the most optimum comfort for you. It is normal to experience some anxiety before surgery. Some of the questions patients ask about anesthesia include, “Will I be awake during surgery?” “Will I feel any pain?” Or “What if I wake up during my surgery?” Our highly skilled Anesthesia department will provide answers to you and your family to ease any reservations you may have. While you are sleeping your dedicated Anesthesia expert will remain at your bedside to provide excellent patient care throughout your procedure. Every patient is special and your anesthesia will be specific to your needs.
GOING TO SURGERY
As your surgery begins, your family will be taken to a Surgery Waiting Room. In Lufkin, we will make your family comfortable with our newly renovated, wireless, Surgery Waiting Room with public phone access and complementary coffee. The Lufkin Surgery Waiting Room is located next to the Surgery Department so your family can be as close as possible. Outside of our waiting rooms you will find our Hospital Chaplain, Gift Shop, and a vending area. CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Lufkin also features live piano music inside its beautiful atrium. A Surgery Liaison is provided from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist your family with any needs they may have during your procedure.
IN THE OPERATING ROOM
As you enter into Surgery, our nurses will provide optimum safety, comfort, and privacy for you. As patient advocates, we will take care of you and your family at all times. As your surgery progresses we will frequently notify your family to help ease any anxieties they might have during your procedure. After your surgery, your Surgeon will go to the waiting room and speak to your family as you are taken into the Recovery Room. During the recovery phase of your surgery, your comfort and privacy is continued and you are not far from reuniting with your family. When your recovery phase is complete, your family is notified and will join you as you move on to your next destination.
GET WELL SOON
Becoming a patient can happen to any of us at anytime. Remember we are here for you. We want to assure you of complete privacy while in the Operating Room and know that your journey through Surgery is strictly confidential. We are proud to have you as a patient and welcome any comments or questions you may have for us. Our Surgery department hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, for scheduled elective cases, and we are open anytime for emergencies. Our Surgery procedures start at 7:30 a.m., but emergencies take priority. We understand that waiting is unfortunate, but we will provide information and accommodate you and your family if such an event occurs. You can reach us by simply calling the main hospital line in Lufkin at (936) 634-8111 or in Livingston at (936) 329-8700.