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.