Patient Caretaker Information

We would like to invite you to relax in our waiting area with complimentary coffee. Located in the hall are restrooms, vending machines, and coffee for your convenience. We would like to remind you that East Memphis Surgery Center is a smoke-free facility, and there is no smoking allowed on the premises.

What's going to happen back there?

We want you, the families and friends of our patients to know. The following are the phases for outpatient surgery.

Phase I - Pre-op: The patient will go immediately into the pre-op room where a nurse will prepare him/her for the scheduled surgery. The nurse will review the patient's medical history, record vital signs, preform any lab work, start and intravenous line, give any pre-op medications, do orthopedic scrubs, and then the patient will be interviewed by an anesthesiologist. At this time, if time allows, one family member/parents will be asked to visit the patient until they are called back for surgery. The average time for this phase is 45-60 minutes.

Phase II - Intra-op/Operating Room: After the patient leaves the pre-op area and the procedure has started, the surgical nurse will inform you of the patient's status via the telephone located in the center of the waiting room. Please use the phone on the wall near the coffee bar for all personal calls. Time for procedures may vary. The doctor will contact you when the surgery is completed.

Phase III - PACU/Recovery Room: The nurse monitors the patient in the recovery room for an average of 30 minutes to two hours depending on the surgery. At the nurse's discretion, one family member/parents will be called back into the recovery room. There will be a nurse there to direct you to the patient.

Phase IV- Discharge: The patient is discharged in the care of another responsible adult with the discharge instructions and prescriptions.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are glad you came to East Memphis Surgery Center!