What to Expect

One of the things that Dr. Falcone has mastered is the importance of making you aware of what to expect during surgery. This is im- portant to reduce your level of anxiety.  The more you know and understand, the less you will have to worry.

A consultation visit is mandatory to review your individual needs and determine which type of anesthesia is preferred so that any anxiety that you have will be minimized.

At your initial consultation visit, Dr. Falcone will discuss your procedure, your medical and surgical history and your comfort level. Many times, a patient can have their procedures performed using local anesthesia to "numb” the area. Other times, you may wish to have some type of sedative anesthesia to calm you or to make you virtually unaware of your surgery. Your choice of anesthesia is a personal one and should be made only after a thorough and informative consultation with Dr. Falcone.

Also, at your consultation visit you will be given special instructions to prepare for your surgery. These instructions are applicable for procedures performed with oral sedation, nitrous oxide, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.

Dr. Falcone and his staff truly share your concern for your well being. They have the knowledge and expertise to make your surgical and anesthetic experience pleasant, safe and extremely comfortable.  We are always happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding your surgery and anesthesia.

When you arrive at Dr. Falcone’s office for your surgery and anesthesia, it is similar to having surgery performed in a hospital setting and is user friendly. Our surgery suite and recovery area has all of the same equipment used in the hospital operating room. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Falcone will review your treatment plan. You will be escorted to our surgical suite where you will be prepared for surgery.

Our nurses and assistants will place a few monitors to measure your blood pressure, pulse, respirations, amount of expired carbon dioxide, amount of oxygen in your blood as well as your heart rhythm.  Next, our nurse anesthetist, Ms. Rocanelli or Dr. Falcone will place a catheter in your vein to establish intravenous access. The medications given through the intravenous line will make you relax or even fall asleep.

The next thing you know is that your procedure has been completed. The benefit of intravenous medications is that there is less stress, anxiety and awareness during your procedure. This is because the medications that we use cause partial and in most cases total amnesia (forgetfulness). Therefore, you will have reduced perception to noise and other activities throughout your surgery. It is important to note that you will still be given a local anesthetic to “numb” your surgical site after you have been sedated. Therefore, you will not have pain during and after your sedative procedure has been completed.

Once your surgical procedure has been completed, you will be brought to our recovery area. When you are able to drink fluids and walk with your escort you are almost ready to leave. Our recovery room staff will give you and your escort post-operative instructions, which should be followed. Dr. Falcone will prescribe medications to make you comfortable once you leave the office and control your discomfort and swelling for the days following your surgery.

Please continue to our Pain & Anxiety Control page for information regarding Anesthesia.