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What to Expect

At El Camino Health, we’re dedicated to providing you with the information and resources you need for your upcoming hospital appointment, procedure or visit. Learn how to prepare for ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery, as well as what to expect after surgery.

You’re in Good Hands

If you're having ENT surgery — inpatient or outpatient — you can rest assured that you're in good hands.  Some of the Bay Area’s best ear, nose and throat specialists will perform your procedure as part of a highly skilled and integrated care team.

Focus on Patient Comfort — Same-Day Procedures and Inpatient Surgeries

If you’re having an outpatient procedure, you will likely have it performed at our facility. You will check in, our surgeons will perform your procedure, and you’ll go home the same day. At all times, your safety and wellbeing are top priority. And, as you will see, our facilities are designed to make your short stay comfortable and convenient.

If your ear, nose or throat procedure requires an overnight stay, our facilities in Mountain View and Los Gatos are ideal. We want you to feel at home while you're here. After your surgery, you'll stay in a private, well-appointed room that can accommodate a family member or guest overnight.

To enhance the care you receive at El Camino Health, we survey our patients and consider all their responses carefully. We use this valuable feedback to implement new practices that improve patient care and comfort.


Preparing for Surgery

A specialized nurse coordinator will assist you before and after surgery, ensuring you’re well-informed every step of the way — including pre-surgery instructions and information about anesthesia. You'll also have access to educational classes, videos and print materials about your procedure to help you prepare.

Learn more about hospital admissions guidelines, as well as what to expect the day of surgery.

What to Expect After Outpatient Surgery

What to Expect After Surgery If You Stay Overnight At the Hospital

During surgery, while you’re still under anesthesia, your surgeon may place a urinary catheter into your bladder, with an attached urine-collection bag. The catheter may or may not be left in place overnight.

After surgery, you'll spend about an hour in the recovery room before being moved to your private room. If you'd like, a family member can stay with you. We encourage family members to be involved in your rehabilitation, including attending your physical therapy sessions. Their participation can help them better assist you once you're home.

During your hospital stay, your nurse will monitor your blood pressure, heart and breathing at frequent intervals. You’ll be asked to change positions in bed, cough and do deep-breathing exercises, which promote circulation and expand your lungs to prevent infection.

Managing Your Pain

Immediately following surgery, you’ll receive pain medication and you’ll have an IV in place to receive fluids, antibiotics or other medications for 24 hours. Your nurse will remove your IV prior to your discharge.

Pain medications are provided through a variety of methods, including IV, oral and localized injections. Your surgeon will individualize your pain management plan of care. In addition to pain medications, your care team may also use other pain management techniques such as ice therapy, positioning and walking to make you more comfortable.

Planning Your Discharge

A discharge planner or social worker will meet with you after surgery to help plan for your needs once you leave the hospital — whether it’s obtaining medicine or arranging for some type of physical, speech or other rehabilitative therapy.

Your nurse will provide written discharge instructions and review them with you and your family before you leave. If you have any concerns during your recovery, be sure to call your surgeon.

Enhancing Your Care

To enhance the care you receive at El Camino Health, we survey our patients and consider all their responses carefully. We use this valuable feedback to implement new practices that improve patient care and comfort.

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