Guide to Surgery
BEFORE YOUR SURGERY
The first steps to a successful surgery are yours. Follow these guidelines on the days before your surgery.
- One to three days before surgery, expect a 5 to 10 minute phone call from the surgery center nurse. Have a pen and paper ready. She will review your medical history and surgical instructions.
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions about taking routine medications.
- Make arrangements for a responsible adult, over the age of 18, to accompany and stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.
- You will be called with your arrival time after 2 p.m. the last working day prior to your surgery.
DAY OF SURGERY
Follow these simple rules to make the day of your surgery safer and more comfortable.
- Do not eat or drink after midnight (unless otherwise directed.) This includes mints, lozenges or gum.
- Bring a list of medications with dosage and frequency information.
- Bathe or shower on the day of surgery.
- Brush your teeth but do not swallow any liquid.
- Do not use makeup, hair spray, lotions, or oils.
- Remove all nail polish and body piercings.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes.
- Leave all jewelry and other valuables at home.
- Bring all sensory/assistive devices including glasses, hearing aids and c-pap machines.
- Be prepared to remove contact lenses.
- If indicated, you must supply guardianship paperwork and/or power of attorney documents. The surgery will be cancelled if these legal documents are not available.
- The anesthesia team will be available to discuss anesthesia options and answer any questions.
- Bring a photo I.D.
- Do not bring children with you on the day of your surgery.
If you are having day surgery:
- Whether you are driving in a car, taking a cab or other public transportation; a responsible adult, over the age of 18, must accompany you and stay with you for 24 hours.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding rest, activity, diet, medications, bathing and returning to work.
- You will be discharged when your doctor determines it is safe for you to leave the facility.
If you are being admitted to the hospital:
- Contact the hospital floor for the visitor’s policy including child visitor restrictions.
- You should anticipate leaving at 11 a.m. on the day your doctor discharges you from the hospital.