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We have an advanced surgical philosophy at Midcoast Hospital, one that encourages patient independence while insuring his/her privacy. We’ve decreased the time from pre and post operation so the patient has less of a disruption in their wellness cycle. They leave the hospital with confidence in knowing how to care for themselves in the comfort of their own home. Studies have shown that with this progressive approach to surgery, the patient experiences less anxiety and feels more in control of their health. This results in a shorter recovery time.

At Midcoast Hospital, we care for you from the minute you are scheduled for a procedure until you are home and recovering. We work closely with the physician’s office making sure your pre op visit or telephone interview is scheduled and completed before the procedure. Midcoast Hospital offers many of the latest surgical advancements including cataract surgery, total joint replacement, as well as, shoulder and knee arthroscopy repairs, and hand specialty surgery. Of course, MCH also can perform laparoscopic abdominal procedures, sinus surgery and kidney stone lithotripsy. Why travel to Portland or farther when you can have you operation performed close to home? If you have any questions, please call Midcoast Hospital at 373-6100.

Ambulatory Care Unit
After arrival and check in with the receptionist, patients are escorted to their private room by nursing staff. An RN will verify important information with the patient including name, date of birth, surgeon and procedure. Preparation for surgery will take place in this area with site scrubs and I.V. insertions being performed by your RN. The nurse will also review educational needs; discharge plans and answer any questions. Patients may have a family member with them while they wait to go to the Operating Room.

Operating Room

The operating room is a clean, sterile environment. Personnel working in this area wear special clothing. The operating room nurse and anesthesiologist will meet you in your room. Once in the surgical suite, the entire operating room staff will again verify all vital information. The questions may seem repetitive but this is to confirm correct patient and procedure.

Recovery Room

When your surgery is completed, the anesthesiologist and OR nurse will take you to the Recovery Room where an RN will closely monitor you. You may be wearing oxygen, which helps you wake up, and is not a cause for concern. Depending on the condition of all patients in the Recovery room, a family member may be with you for a short period of time. Not all patients require the Recovery Room.

A family member or friend’s support is a vital part of your recovery, both in the hospital and at home. The more they know about your health and your surgery, the more helpful they can be to you. Your nurse will be happy to talk to them about their questions and concerns. We welcome their involvement in your care.

Going Home

Your doctor and nurse will determine when you are ready to leave the hospital according to set discharge criteria. It is natural to feel both happy that you are going home and nervous about how to care for yourself. Your doctor will give you instructions and answer any questions you may have. The nurse will reinforce these instructions; give you your prescriptions and discharge instruction sheet that the doctor has written for you to take home. Within the next week, you will receive a phone call from an RN to follow up on how you are doing.

Visiting Hours

One family member/friend may stay with you in your ACU room.
Small children should visit briefly and not spend extended periods of time in the patient’s room.
Please keep visits quiet and orderly so that patients can rest and recover from their surgery.
Occasionally the nurse may have to ask visitors to leave.
Back to Your Room
When you return to your room, you may still feel sleepy and your I.V. will be in place. The nurse will offer you water, ginger ale or apple juice according to the physician orders. Theses fluids tend to be better tolerated on an empty stomach. Once you tolerate such fluids, the nurse will offer you some food choices following physician orders. When you are tolerating the fluids, the nurse will remove your intravenous line. A nurse must accompany you on your first attempt to get out of bed because you may feel dizzy or weak from anesthesia, medications or the surgery.

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