• 200 Exempla Circle, Lafayette, CO 80026
  • 303-689-4000

Outpatient Surgery

  • This means you will come to the hospital, have surgery and go home the same day.
  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight on the night before your surgery (this means nothing by mouth, including water, ice chips, hard candy or mints, gum, or cigarettes). Not following these instructions can be a reason to cancel the surgery for your safety.
  • You will come in the main hospital entrance into the lobby and you will go to the main registration, which is to the right from the lobby entrance. You will need to check in at registration at least 90 minutes before your planned surgery time in order to allow time for all pre-surgery procedures. You may need to pay a co-pay or a deductible on the day of surgery. Please check with your insurance provider so that you are prepared.
  • You will be escorted to the surgery waiting area where you will be checked in; once checked in you will be taken back to a private room in the Pre-operative holding area. Your family and/or friends may be present with you here until you are taken back to the operating room.


  • You will change into a hospital gown. A nurse will meet with you and discuss your medical history. An intravenous line (IV line) will be placed in order to administer fluids, medications, and anesthesia during the surgery.
  • The surgeon will meet with you and have you sign an informed consent form, telling us that you understand and agree to have the surgery done.
  • The anesthesiologist (a medical doctor trained in anesthesia) will meet with you and discuss the method of anesthesia that will be used to keep you comfortable throughout the surgery.
  • The nurse for the operating room will meet with you and take you to the operating rooms. At this point your family and/or friends will be escorted back to the surgery waiting area.

Operating Room

  • You will have routine monitors placed in order to monitor your vital signs (blood pressure, oxygen levels, heart rate and rhythm) throughout the entire surgery.
  • The anesthesiologist will have you breathe oxygen through a mask, and then will put you to sleep for the surgery. You may need to have a breathing tube placed once you are asleep. The anesthesiologist will be with you throughout the entire surgery.
  • Once the surgery is complete, the anesthesiologist will wake you up (the breathing tube will be removed before you wake up), and you will be taken to the recovery room.
  • The surgeon will speak to your family and/or friends that are with you when the surgery is complete.


  • You will wake up slowly from the anesthesia. You will have a nurse with you at all times as you wake up, monitoring all of your vital signs and your progress.
  • You will be asked about your pain level and you will be given pain medications as needed to keep you as comfortable as possible.
  • You will be in Recovery Phase 1 for 1 to 4 hours as you wake up. Once you are awake, you will be moved to Recovery Phase 2. Here the nurses will get you ready to go home: you will be able to have a small snack, you will get dressed, and your family/ friends will be able to come see you.
  • Once you are stable you will be released home with your designated driver. You will not be allowed to drive yourself.

It is best if your designated driver can stay in the hospital during your surgery and recovery, however, if this is not possible, your driver can be called when you are ready to go home.

At Home

  • You should have somebody stay with you at home for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Before you leave the hospital, you will be given a set of written discharge instructions for your specific surgery. You will also be given a prescription for pain medication to take at home as needed.