We will meet you in the preoperative area, where our staff will make sure that everything is ready for the procedure. It is routine to double check name badges and the side we are treating. The anesthesiology team members will introduce themselves, and then you will be transferred to the operating room. Depending on what kind of procedure is being done, your surgery will last for four to ten hours. Then you will be transferred to the recovery unit and then later to your room. You will be able to drink clear liquids after surgery.