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Breast Surgery Journey

Arriving at Virginia Hospital Center

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1625 N. George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA 22205
703.558.5000
www.virginiahospitalcenter.com

Park in the BLUE parking garage. Take garage elevator to the LOBBY, and then the Hospital’s elevators to the 2nd floor to check in at the Virginia Hospital Center Surgery Center.


Arriving at the Surgery Center

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Located on the 2nd floor of 1625 N. George Mason Drive. Sign-in at the Surgery Center reception desk pictured here. Shortly thereafter, a nurse will escort you back to your all-private pre-operative room.


Your All-Private Pre-Operative Room

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Surgical preparation begins in your all-private Surgery Center room where you will change into a gown and a nurse will confirm your medical history and surgical procedure. Afterwards, your family, friend or loved one will be invited back to join you.


Surgical Preparation in Radiology

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If your surgeon has ordered a pre-operative diagnostic procedure, you will be transported to Radiology from the Surgery Center. These procedures are not for all patients. Once the procedure is completed, you will be transported back to your room in the Surgery Center.


Surgical Preparation in Nuclear Medicine

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If your surgeon has ordered a pre-operative sentinel node procedure, you will be transported to Nuclear Medicine from the Surgery Center. This procedure is not for all patients. Once the procedure is completed, you will be transported back to your room in the Surgery Center.


Pre-Surgical Communication with Your Surgeon

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Before surgery, you will meet with your anesthesiologist and surgeon(s) who will carefully answer any questions you might have, explain your procedure again, and review instructions for your post-operative care.  After, you will be transported to the operating room for surgery.


Communication is Key:  Keeping Your Loved Ones Informed During Surgery

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The Smart Track Monitor in the Surgery Center reception area pictured here keeps your family, friends or loved ones informed of your location during your surgical journey by an assigned and private identification number posted on the monitor.


Post-Surgical Communication with Your Loved Ones

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Immediately following surgery, your surgeon will meet your family, friends or loved ones in the Surgery Center reception area to update them about your surgery and status.


Your Post Surgery Follow-Up Care

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After surgery, you will either be transported to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or directly back to the Surgery Center. Time spent in these areas can vary for each patient. You will either be discharged directly from the Surgery Center or after an overnight stay in an all-private patient room in the Hospital (as seen in this photo). Your surgeon determines if you stay in the Hospital overnight.  Your post-operative care plan and discharge instructions will be communicated to you and your loved ones.

 

 


Patient Navigators Supporting & Guiding Your Journey

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During your journey, our Patient Navigators are here to provide education and support. They can review your treatment plan, accompany you to testing, and see you before and after surgery. Our Patient Navigators will facilitate your various needs with the highest level of compassion and respect, and their services are ongoing throughout your care continuum.

 

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