Frequently Asked Questions
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:
- Correct patient
- Correct surgical site
- 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.