2603 Keiser Boulevard
610-568-3050 -- FAX 610-568-3020
is a description of your anesthesia care as it will be provided
at the Reading Hospital SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge.
Prior to your surgery,
you will receive a telephone call from one of the SurgiCenter nurses
to go over your medical history and previous surgeries.
Your surgeon's office
will give you instructions as to whether lab testing or an EKG are
needed. They will also provide instructions as to which of your
usual medications you should take on the morning of your operation.
If you have any questions about your medications, please contact
the SurgiCenter directly by calling 610-568-3050.
On the day of surgery,
you will report to the receptionist at the SurgiCenter. You will
then be registered as a patient and escorted to the pre-operative
In the pre-operative
area, all patients will be interviewed by a SurgiCenter nurse and
an anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist will also perform a limited
physical exam and discuss the anesthesia plan. For more information
about types of anesthesia, please click about
Before going to the operating
room, most patients will have an IV started. For pediatric patients,
we commonly place the IV after inducing anesthesia by mask.
A staff nurse will then
escort you to the operating room.
Before starting the anesthetic,
blood pressure monitors will be placed on your chest and arm, as
well as a pulse oximeter on your finger to measure your blood oxygen
Your anesthesia care
will be provided by an Anesthesia Care Team in which a highly trained
nurse anesthetist is medically
directed by one of our anesthesiologists.
After your procedure,
you will be moved to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU or Recovery
Room) where specially trained nurses will monitor your recovery
and be responsive to your post-operative needs .
When you are fully awake,
you will be discharged home.
We will attempt to telephone
you after discharge to check on your condition. If we are unable
reach you, we will follow-up with a letter.