WHAT TO EXPECT
With Gretchen Dezelick, RN
What happens once I arrive in Freeport for my procedure?
>>GRETCHEN DEZELICK: Once you arrive in Freeport you will be picked up at the airport by your driver, they’ll either bring you directly to the clinic for your pre-operative appointment or to the hotel to be checked in. During your pre-op appointment, you’ll come, you’ll be met by our receptionist. You’ll get to meet all of our staff, you’ll get to see the facility. You’ll have an appointment with your primary RN to get your vital signs, take your blood pressure, take your heart rate, those types of things. We’ll review your procedure, we’ll answer any questions for you. We’ll prepare you and tell you what you’ll need the day of procedure. And then you’ll also meet with your physicians. The physician will do a quick physical examination, again answer any questions and we’ll get you all set.
On the day of the procedure, what can I expect?
>> GRETCHEN DEZELICK: We usually have you arrive at the clinic around 7:00 or 8:00 o’clock in the morning, the nurses will get your ready for surgery. You’ll get to speak with the anesthesiologist and the physician who’ll go over any last minute details concerning your procedure. That usually takes about 45 minutes. Once we’re ready, we take you into the operating room for your liposuction procedure.
What kind of anesthesia will I have?
>> GRETCHEN DEZELICK: At Okyanos, we use monitored anesthesia care, conscious sedation. It’s a really light sedation. You go to sleep very quickly and very nicely and you wake up very quickly, very comfortably. It’s not like general anesthesia, in which you can have the side effects of like nausea and really, groggy, fuzzy head feeling. It’s really quite pleasant.
How do you harvest my stem cells and what is the treatment process?
>> GRETCHEN DEZELICK: The liposuction itself usually takes anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Following liposuction, we bring you back to the recovery room and during that time we let you relax, rest, while your cells are being processed. The cell processing takes about an hour and a half to two hours.
Once the cells are ready and processed and we’re ready to do either your injections and/or your IV treatment, whatever your procedure is, we go ahead. And that usually takes, if it’s injections, if it’s joint injections, we might be looking at about 30 minutes. The intravenous administration takes place right at your bedside and takes about 20 minutes, and then we watch you and monitor you for approximately an hour following your stem cell administration and then once you’re stable, you’re free to go back to your hotel.