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Guide to 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.


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.