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The Most Advanced Surgical Care, the Best Patient Experience

Our surgeons, nurses and staff are committed to providing the best possible care for every patient. Our goal is to ensure that you have excellent surgical outcomes while keeping you connected to your care plan at every step of the way. If you have additional questions after browsing the information in this section, please contact us.

Preparing for Surgery

General guidance for before and after surgery. Consult with your care team at Our Lady of the Lake Health for more detailed guidance specific to your procedure.
  • Anesthesia

    All surgeries require some form of anesthesia. Since anesthesia affects different people in different ways, it is important that our surgery care team choose the best anesthesia method for you and your type of surgery. Our surgical care team, including doctors specializing in the administration of anesthesia and our Anesthesia Care Team, will spend time with you prior to your surgery to review your medical record and any lab data previously collected. The care team will talk to you about any concerns or any preferences you may have.

  • Before Surgery

    • Write down the name and dosage of the medications (including nonprescription medications, vitamins and supplements) you are currently taking and or have taken in the past year. Bring this list with you.
    • Appoint someone to stay at the hospital during your surgery. This person can phone family and friends and look after your belongings. Refrain from eating or drinking after midnight the night before your surgery.
    • Discontinue prescription and over-the-counter medications, especially blood-thinning medications such as aspirin the morning of the surgery unless instructed otherwise by your physician. Taking or discontinuing a medication depends on your medical condition, the type of drug(s), and the type of scheduled surgery. Discuss this with your doctor before the day of the surgery. If you must take medications, do so with small sips of water.
    • Refrain from smoking at least three weeks prior to surgery.
    • If you develop any signs of illness (a cold, the flu, bronchitis, respiratory infection, fever,) notify your surgeon.
  • After Surgery

    After surgery, you will be brought to the recovery room where your vital signs — blood pressure, respiration, temperature and oxygen levels — will be monitored closely. Most people spend between one and two hours in recovery before being discharged home in the case of Ambulatory Surgery or moved to a patient room. After some surgeries, you may be placed in the Intensive Care Unit to be more closely monitored.

    Most people feel groggy when waking up after having received anesthesia. You may also experience nausea or feel cold.

    Pain is expected following surgery. Medications may be given intravenously, through an injection, orally or through a patch placed on the skin to help control the pain.

  • Helpful Tips

    • If your surgery is scheduled before noon, do not eat or drink anything the night before after midnight. If your surgery is scheduled after noon, do not eat any solid foods after midnight. You may have clear liquids such as coffee or tea with no milk, clear juice, broth or gelatin until 8 a.m.
    • Bring a list of the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take along with the dose you take.
    • If you wear glasses, bring them.
    • If you take blood pressure medications, ask your surgeon if you can take them on the day of your surgery.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Our Advanced Care Through Robotic Surgery

When you hear the term robotic surgery, what do you imagine? Years ago, we imagined a program that would change the future for our community. Today, our team of incredibly skilled surgeons have practiced their craft religiously and made this the epicenter for robotic training in the Gulf South region. Our team has also recently expanded robotic surgery services at Our Lady of the Lake Ascension. The Our Lady of the Lake Robotic Surgery Institute is the result of our surgeons’ many years of dedication to excellence.

Our robotic-assisted surgery areas of specialty include:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • GERD Surgery
  • Gynecologic Surgery
  • Head and Neck/ENT Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Prostate Surgery
  • Weight Loss Surgery

Robotic Surgery: The Patient Experience

It might sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but robotic surgery is providing better outcomes for patients across our health system. Here are some resources to help you understand the procedure.

The Top 7 Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Many people have some level of uncertainty when it comes to traditional surgeries, but perhaps even more so when a robot is involved. Robotic surgery provides a minimally invasive way to perform certain surgical procedures and offers some distinct benefits.
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What to Expect from Robotic Surgery

How does robotic surgery work? What are the benefits of this type of surgical procedure? Is every person in need of surgery a candidate for robotic surgery? Let’s answer those questions.
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What to Expect from Robotic Surgery

How does robotic surgery work? What are the benefits of this type of surgical procedure? Is every person in need of surgery a candidate for robotic surgery? Let’s answer those questions.
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