The Tampa Surgery Center’s preoperative area is the starting point for your surgical experience. On the day of your surgery, you will arrive at the reception desk. Make sure to arrive early for your appointment. Feeling rushed can cause additional stress and make it harder for you to relax.

A staff member will meet you in the lobby and escort you to the preoperative area. Your Care Partner should accompany you on the morning of surgery; however we do not allow Care Partners to accompany patients into the preoperative area without prior approval from the Director of Nursing.

In the preoperative area, you will be assisted in preparing for your surgical procedure. You will change into a medical gown. A registered nurse, your surgeon and an anesthesiologist will assess you. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will perform a review of your surgical order and an anesthesia review. You will have the opportunity to ask your surgeon and anesthesiologist any additional questions you may have about the procedure.

In the preoperative area you will sign consent forms for medical treatment. The medical staff will start an IV and prepare you for surgery. The patient experience in the preoperative area typically lasts from one to two hours.