I have an arrive at the hospital time of 6 a.m. tomorrow, and a surgery scheduled start time of 8 a.m. If they keep to their schedule estimate, that means I'll be out of surgery by about 1030, out of anesthesia by about 11. So roughly speaking by about noon I should be done at least with the tough part.
And there's a tiny possibility that I may not have to stay overnight. No guarantee, but the check-in nurse pointed out that this is being booked as a 23 hour observation, which I gather is an insurance stratagem because insurance people only want to pay for a maximum of 23 hours of me being there. 23 hours from six in the morning means checking out at 5 a.m. and 23 hours from the surgery start would mean checking out at 7 a.m. Neither one is impossible, of course, just as there is no guarantee that I won't stay longer than 23 hours. For one thing, the surgery might run long -- though I devoutly hope not. In, out, and profoundly boring -- that's what I want.
Let the cutting (sigh) begin.