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Your Surgery Questions Answered

Should I get a second opinion before surgery?
There’s no right or wrong answer to this question. Your goal is to feel confident that the surgery you are having is the best option for your individual situation. If you decide a second opinion is right for you, your doctor can provide a recommendation.

As members of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Baton Rouge General physicians can consult directly with a Mayo Clinic doctor anytime they want to discuss a treatment plan or request a second opinion, at no additional cost to their patient. Talk to your Baton Rouge General physician to see if a Mayo Clinic second opinion is an option.

Where will my surgery be performed?
Your surgery will be performed at Baton Rouge General - Bluebonnet. Patients should arrange to be dropped off at the Main Entrance or use valet parking and follow the Safe Surgery Path where an admissions concierge will meet you and check you in. Our staff can arrange a wheelchair if necessary.

How much will my surgery cost?
Before your hospital visit, it’s a good idea to get an estimate of how much your procedure will cost and what you will owe. Click here to get a quote before your surgery or procedure.

What is outpatient surgery?
Depending on the type of procedure and your personal risk factors, your surgeon may schedule you for ‘outpatient’ or ‘same day’ surgery. This means that you will go home to recover from your surgery on the same day your surgery is performed. Outpatient surgery does not require an overnight stay.

What is inpatient surgery?
Inpatient surgery means you will spend one or more nights in the hospital following your surgery so your doctors can monitor your recovery closely.

What is laparoscopic surgery?
Whereas a traditional “open” surgery uses a single larger incision (think inches), laparoscopic surgery is less invasive, using one or more small incisions (think centimeters), called ports. The surgeon inserts a tube through each opening or port and tiny cameras and surgical instruments go through those tubes to perform the operation. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include quicker recovery, smaller scars, less bleeding, and getting back to your normal activities sooner.

Who will be in the operating room during my surgery?
During surgery, there will be a medical team in the operating room to care for you. It varies by the type of procedure you are having, but here is a general list:

  • Surgeon. Your surgeon performs the procedure and is considered the leader in the room.
  • Anesthesiologist. This doctor administers the anesthesia that ‘puts you to sleep’ so you do not feel pain during your procedure. During the surgery, they will monitor your oxygen levels, blood pressure
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist. This nurse assists the anesthesiologist and monitors you before, during and after your operation to help control your pain.
  • Operating Room Nurse. This is a specially trained nurse that acts as the surgeon’s assistant or ‘right-hand man.’ They help control bleeding, close wounds, and intervene during complications.
  • Surgical Techs. Techs assist with surgery by preparing you for the procedure, sterilize instruments and keep the OR clean and sterilized
  • Medical Students or Residents. Baton Rouge General is a teaching hospital, so doctors in training, also known as residents, may scrub in to watch and learn.

What is a time out?
Inside the operating room, after prepping you for surgery but before it begins, a member of the surgical team will call a ‘time out.’ This is a national best practice in safety and quality where everyone in the operating room pauses and confirms/agrees upon on at least three things:

  1. Correct patient
  2. Correct surgical site
  3. Correct procedure being done

How long will surgery last/take?
The length of time you are in the operating room will vary greatly depending on what type of surgery you have. For instance, an appendectomy, one of the most common procedures performed, takes about an hour. At Baton Rouge General, you can track the progression of your loved one’s surgery using our Surgery Tracker on the Baton Rouge General mobile app.