At Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, a patient can expect to be cared for by highly qualified staff doctors, skilled nurses and certified surgical technologists. In addition, each member of the surgical team, whether surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurse, or technician has advanced training.
The surgeon performs the operation and leads the surgical team. Surgeons have medical degrees, specialized surgical training of up to seven years, and in most cases have passed national board certification exams. Board certification means that the surgeon has passed written and oral examinations of academic competence. At Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, all surgeons are board certified in their specialties. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital has 1,000 physicians on staff, with more than 235 surgeons to choose from. Find a physician here.
The anesthesiologist administers your anesthesia and maintains responsibility for your vital functions during the procedure and recovery period. He or she is focused on pain management and patient safety, and is involved in all three stages of surgery: preoperative, operative, and postoperative. There are several types of anesthesia that may be used depending on many factors, including the type of procedure, the patient's medical history and patient preference. At Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, an anesthesiologist will review your history and test results before your surgery. He or she will make a preoperative visit with you and your family before you enter the operating room and manage pain in the initial postoperative period.
From the time you enter our facility, until you leave, you will be under the care of a team of specialty-trained registered nurses.
The preoperative nurse will be responsible for getting you prepared for your procedure, monitoring your vital signs and starting your intravenous line. While in the operating room, the nursing team members have specific functions including assisting the surgeon with the surgical procedure and instrument preparation.
There may also be a certified nurse anesthetist who works closely with the anesthesiologist. The nurse anesthetist has advanced education and clinical practice experience in anesthesiology.
Family members present in the waiting room will be updated periodically by the nurse liaison, from 8 am – 8:00 pm, who will have real-time information about progress of the procedure.
Post-operatively, there is a PACU nurse (post-anesthesia care unit), monitoring your progress in awakening from anesthesia and providing you with pain management.
Finally, you will end the process in the care of a postoperative nurse either in the outpatient recovery area, or in your inpatient hospital room if admitted for an overnight stay.
During your experience in the surgery department, you will also be cared for by trained support staff members such as registrars, patient care technicians, and transporters. They perform clerical, transport, and patient care tasks under the direction of the doctors and nurses.