Thank you for choosing Littleton Regional Healthcare. Our dedicated staff and surgeons are here to care for you. This page is intended to provide you with some basic information about what you can expect from the Surgical Services Department at LRH. If you are having a surgical procedure at Littleton Regional Healthcare, we invite you to review the link on the right hand side of the page, Having Surgery at LRH. It contains information to assist you to prepare for your procedure including what to expect on the day of your surgery, and pre and post operative information.
In addition to our surgeons and anesthesia providers, our team is comprised of registered nurses, registered nurses first assistants, certified first assistants, and certified surgical technicians.
Our department provides services for elective surgery during regular business hours. We also provide 24 hour on call coverage for emergency care.
YOUR SURGICAL TEAM
Each patient has a team of experts caring for them:
SDS/Pre-op RN - these nurses will confirm your health history, provide education and pre-operative care such as starting your IV, lab draws, hair removal, etc. They are also your care givers immediately after your stay in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU). Our pre-op nurses have extensive, varied backgrounds in all specialties of nursing.
Surgeon - your surgeon is a physician who trained in a surgical specialty.
Surgical Assistant - Surgical assistants have advanced training - they may be OR nurses or surgical techs who have taken classes and fulfilled clinical hours in surgical assisting or your surgeon's physician assistant (PA) or advance practice RN (APRN). Not all procedures require surgical assistants.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) - Advance practice registered nurses who work with the surgeon and administer all anesthetics and pain blocks. They continuously monitor you throughout the surgery. OR Nurse (circulating nurse) - Your OR nurse has had specialized training in perioperative nursing. They are the patient's advocate during surgery. OR nurses are responsible for maintaining a sterile environment in the OR, coordinating your care and fulfilling the needs of the sterile team.
Surgical Technicians - allied health professionals whose role is to create and maintain the sterile field and assemble and hand the instruments to the surgeon. Some OR nurses also have additional training in "scrubbing". PACU/Recovery Room Nurses - specialize in providing care to the patient during the immediate post-operative period. Our PACU nurses have many years of critical care nursing experience.
In most cases you will have had a pre-operative appointment with your surgeon prior to your arrival date. At this time your surgery would have been explained to you in full detail. Please take time to review the consent form [419 KB PDF file] that you will be asked to sign on the morning of your surgery. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your surgeon at his/her office, as they are your best source of information. You will also have the opportunity to speak to your surgeon on the morning of surgery.
- Information about Your Medications [261 KB pdf]
- Informed Consent for Surgical and/or Medical Treatment [419 KB pdf]
- Pain Scales used at LRH [65 KB pdf]
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