We understand that waiting can be stressful for families while a loved one undergoes surgery. Our surgical liaison volunteer program helps make the wait a little easier by keeping families informed during and immediately following surgery. While the liaisons do not provide medical information, they do relay updates straight from the operating and recovery rooms. In this way they facilitate communication among surgeons, the post anesthesia care unit, nurses and families. Volunteers also occasionally offer practical information about places to eat and stay. The surgical liaisons are based in their office adjacent to the surgical waiting area on the 6th floor of the Clinical Center.
Your family should choose one contact person to communicate with the hepatobiliary surgeon because it is not possible for the surgeon to contact numerous people. The person you choose can then update loved ones on your progress. To respect your right to privacy, we relay only a limited amount of information over the telephone.