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Many patients have questions concerning their stay here at Specialists. Below are answers to some common questions you may have.

+ Why is getting an injection a good option before deciding on having surgery?

Injections have been shown to help alleviate pain and improve function in a large proportion. Also, a significant number of patients avoid surgery after experiencing improvements with injections. Surgeons often request injections on their patients to clarify a diagnosis prior to surgery.

+ Can I take my medications the morning of surgery?

You may take any heart, blood pressure, seizure or lung medication the morning of your surgery with a small sip of water only.

+ Why do I need to arrive early?

It is necessary for you to arrive early so that the staff have adequate time to prepare you for your surgery. An anesthesiologist will meet with you to get a history from you and explain to you details of what to expect regarding anesthesia. The nurse will need to start an IV. This is a plastic tube that delivers certain medicine to your body throughout your surgery. It is inserted with a needle, but then the needle is removed so that only the plastic tube remains. You will receive medicine through your IV to make you feel relaxed.

You will also need to sign the consents for your particular surgery. You will be placed in a hospital gown and prepared for your trip to the OR.

+ Why can’t I have anything to eat or drink on the day of surgery?

When sedated or under anesthesia, your body’s normal protective airway reflexes, such as coughing, that prevent the aspiration of any regurgitated stomach contents is impaired. The aspiration of acidic or solid gastric contents can cause serious and even life threatening lung inflammation and infection. If your stomach is full, the chances of regurgitating are greater which increases the likelihood of aspiration.

It is extremely important to comply with the NPO protocols prior to your medical procedure.

+ What exactly is anesthesia?

Anesthesia is the medicine that puts you to sleep and makes you feel no pain during your surgery. There are two different types of anesthesia: local and general.

Local anesthesia is special numbing medicine that is applied only to the area of your body where you are having a procedure. If you have local anesthesia, you stay awake during the procedure.

General anesthesia puts you completely asleep during your procedure. Most people wake up feeling sleepy when the surgery is over.With both types of anesthesia, you won’t feel any pain. It will take a while to wear off, and in the meantime, you will stay in the recovery room where you will be cared for until you are completely awake and alert.

+ What should I bring to the hospital with me?

If you are having day surgery, you really don’t need to bring very much with you. Most people wear the same clothes home that they wore to the hospital.If you are staying overnight, you will need to bring from home toiletries and any other items that you need to make yourself feel comfortable. You will be provided a hospital gown to wear. However, if you feel more comfortable in your own night time wear, you may bring that for your stay. You may wish to bring a robe to wear over your gown for when the staff has you walking in the hallway. You do not need to bring your medications with you. These will be provided by the hospital.

+ Can I get a pedicure or a manicure prior to surgery?

It is not advisable for you to get either a pedicure or manicure prior to your surgery due to the risk of injury or infection. We ask that you do not wear nail polish due to the need for the doctors and nurses to be able to see your natural finger nail to check your circulation. Nail polish may also get in the way of the pulse monitor, which is a small machine that gently clips onto your finger to keep track of your pulse and oxygen levels.

+ Can I wear my jewelry?

All jewelry should be removed and left at home before you go to the hospital. By doing this ahead of time, you won’t be worried about losing it. All jewelry will need to be removed. Especially nose, lip, and belly button rings.

+ Can a family member stay with me during my hospital stay?

Yes, your loved one can stay with you during your stay. However, since there is no cafeteria at our location, they will need to go outside of the hospital for their meals. There are several fast food restaurants in this area. Meals will be provided for patients. We order our meals from Schumpert Medical Center and have them delivered as per orders of your physician.

+ Does Specialists Hospital allow smoking?

No smoking is allowed on the premises of Specialists Hospital Shreveport.

+ How do I file a grievance?

Every patient or family member has the right to express disagreement and/or file a grievance without risk of discrimination. Complaints may be brought directly to the CEO, Director of Nursing, or Compliance Officer. Rest assured that all complaints are addressed timely.