OakLeaf Medical Network Healthy Viewpoints, Winter 2003
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Dale Larson, Hospital Administrator

Day Surgery. Overnight Stay. How long will you be in the hospital? What’s the difference?

By Dale Larson, Hospital Administrator, OakLeaf Surgical Hospital

When you and your doctor have decided that a surgical procedure is needed, many thoughts can go through your head. One is "how long will I be in the hospital?" Your doctor will provide you with the information necessary to plan for your recovery. At the OakLeaf Surgical Hospital, the majority of surgeries are actually performed as Same Day surgery. In other words, you will come to the hospital, register, undergo the surgical procedure, and rest in the recovery room until the anesthesiologist confirms it is safe for you to be released. Nursing staff will then review with you and the person accompanying you, any medications and post-surgical information you might need and be of assistance until you leave the hospital.

Some procedures may require you to stay in the hospital overnight or longer, dependent on your doctor’s orders. This could include the night before, or several nights after surgery. Your doctor will advise you as to the anticipated length of time you will be in the hospital following your procedure.

Because the focus of the OakLeaf Surgical Hospital is exclusively surgery, whether you are admitted to the hospital for a few hours or several days, your well being is always the first priority. State-of-the-art surgical suites, equipment and the highest quality staff ensure you of the best possible surgical experience. All patient care staff are Registered Nurses and trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

When your doctor determines that your surgery is going to require an overnight stay, you and any family members or companions will be well cared for. The OakLeaf Surgical Hospital, with its classic hotel styling and individualized attention will care for all your needs. Your room will reflect a warm comfortable atmosphere with cherry cabinetry, carpeting, television and DVD player. You will be able to select room service meals, individually prepared for you by our hospital chef and your family may make arrangements to eat with you. Any physical, respiratory, or other therapy will be conducted in the privacy of your hospital room and surrounding area.