Best I can tell is to keep your clothes clean. They will probably be cleaning your face up a bit with something, and in case there is any blood or they spill the bottle of whatever they are cleaning up with (and may put on afterwards). Pants would be nice though at least.
I was going to guess it's in case god forbid something goes suddenly and badly wrong and they need access to the patient's heart. (I mean, this would be a very remote contingency for something involving a small amount of a local anesthetic, but I suppose it just takes once?) As you say, though, you'd think they'd let a person keep her pants on.
Well, that might be too, but I always go by "when you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras". A lot of medical stuff seems to be like that. Something a lot simplier and plainer than you may realize. Like when I had my first clinical classes I thought you had to put gloves on all the time and do that crazy scrub up thing with your arms up and everything, but nope! (But they did get on our cases with how our SHOES looked, ug, I don't want to go there. Nursing school is like the military, I think, with rules just to try to keep you on edge.)
Probably for cleanliness in surgical theater, but I'm still amused.
Well it's probably not the whole sterile field thing, this is just in the office, right? (Although yes some offices do set aside a room for it.) But yeah, you may be clean but some pretty grungy people come in too (or you could have animals that jump on you and stuff) so you being clean is important as well.
It was actually an outpatient surgical suite, I was EKGed and everything.
Also, you should ask them! I always ask questions like that.
Gives them more time to go through your pockets looking for loose change!
Plus there's a website of "look, patients in gowns under anaesthetic!" since there's a Rule 34 use :-)
Or maybe it's easier to treat all patients as objects if they all wear the same outfit ...
... or it's to stop you dressing as a doctor and sneaking into your own (or someone else's) operation!
I'm sure it's more what kibbles
Now you've made me paranoid! I'll be stuffing my wallet into my knickers!
That's crazy. I had a couple of moles removed from my chest last year and removed less clothing than that!
It's being done by a plastic surgeon. I dunno.
The trend over here is to have minor surgery carried out by GPs in a minor surgery unit attached to the doctors office. Perhaps GPs are a little more relaxed than real surgeons!
Yeah maybe because my daughter's stuff was done by a GP and not a plastic surgeon, it was less formal, too.
I had a mole removed from my face about twenty years ago by a plastic surgeon. It was done in a hospital with an EKG and everything (it was local anesthesia). The surgeon had to reconstruct part of my upper lip after removing the mole because of the mole location. I had to strip down and just wear the gown. I specifically remember I tried to keep my panties on underneath the gown (even though I was told to strip completely I kept them on underneath at first because it seemed absurd and I was more comfortable with them on) but the nurses scolded me and insisted that I had to remove everything and just wear the gown during the surgery.
Yeah, it felt unnecessary. The reason I was given at the time was that it was because all clothing had to be removed (not just loosened) for circulation reasons and monitoring during the anesthesia if I remember correctly. I *think* it was also because everything in the operating room had to be sterile too. It was a long time ago, I definitely asked about it and tried to challenge it at the time though.
Edited at 2010-09-20 05:27 pm (UTC)
It turns out there was a reason - the temporal artery's proximity - and when they said that I remembered my GP saying he wasn't doing it for that reason. It just didn't quite sink in at the time.
I had one removed from my forehead and only had to change my top for a gown.
Doctors are odd birds. Every last one of them. It is what makes them endure what is required to become a doctor, especially when it comes to specialists.
That means that there is absolutely no way to tell whether there is a legitimate reason for your state of (un)dress, such as cleanliness or ease of access for monitoring (if you will be sedated); or if the actual reason is that the doctor can't do his best work unless the patient is wearing this particular shade of powder blue paper drape.
ETA: only 1/2 :-), really
Edited at 2010-09-20 02:45 pm (UTC)
They offered me a heated blanket. I wish they'd offer me one afterward, I was chilled after.
Beats me. When I had a pilomatrixoma removed from my eyebrow, I wore my street clothes with a gown over it.
Granted, this was in the unenlightened 80's.
Because your clothes are not sterile.
It's because they like to sneak a peak to see their patients naked! There was an episode of MASH in which a guy went to Hawkeye and Trapper John for treatment.
Hawkeye: Take all your clothes off.
Patient: For a sore throat?!
Nurse: They say that to everybody.
Just how much anesthesia were they planning to use on you? Did they think you're bowels might release?
Just local, but it was in a delicate area, as it turns out.
"Why do I gotta be nekkid?!"
Hmm... do you really want me to answer that one on LJ? :)
I wouldn't really object, but remember that the question was situational. Taken out of context, there are all sorts of good reasons!
Because you gotta be nekkid.
What? Did you really need a reason?
I always need a reason!
Some of the reasons are flimsy, but there have to be reasons!