DAY BEFORE SURGERY
NOTE: If you are taking medication for asthma, blood pressure, diabetes, cardiac reasons or blood thinners, please consult your physician about taking these medicines prior to surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything (including water), smoke or chew gum after midnight the night before your surgery. To do so might cause unnecessary complications during and after your surgery.
- You may brush your teeth the morning of your surgery, but do not swallow any water.
- Do not wear your contact lenses on the day of your surgery. You may wear dentures and eyeglasses until you are prepared by the nurse for surgery.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that can be easily folded and stored.
- Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
- Bring your insurance card and drivers license or other government-issued ID on the day of surgery.
- Children having surgery may bring a special toy, blanket or pacifier. Parents of small children should bring an empty bottle and a clean diaper.
- Please limit visitors to one or two adults.
- Make arrangements for someone to drive you home. You will not be allowed to leave the facility alone.
- Notify your physician prior to your surgery if you are taking any medications including over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen or herbal supplements. Also, bring with you a complete list of the medications you are taking on the day of your surgery. Inform your physician and pre-operative nurse regarding any treatments or equipment currently being used at home.
DAY OF SURGERY
- Unless otherwise specified by your physician, plan to arrive at the hospital one hour before your surgery is scheduled.
- Be prepared to sign consent forms and complete admission paperwork. Don’t forget to bring your drivers license or another government-issued identification and your insurance card.
- A registered nurse will conduct an initial questionnaire and verify the procedure and site to prepare you for surgery.
- You will be given the opportunity to discuss your anesthesia options prior to your procedure. We encourage you to ask questions or express any concerns you might have at that time.
- Depending upon the type of anesthesia you receive, you may go to the recovery room after surgery where you will be closely monitored by a registered nurse for approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Actual recovery time is different for each individual.
- You will next be taken to the Step-Down recovery room where your family will join you while you relax in a reclining chair. You will be observed there by the nursing staff prior to going home. We will assess any discomfort you have by asking you to rate your pain.
- We will ask you to rate your pain on a 0 to 10 basis with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain you have experienced. This allows us to appropriately treat your discomfort and assess the effectiveness of any medications you are receiving.
- If you are scheduled to go home the day of surgery, you will be assessed by an RN or LVN prior to discharge to ensure that you have met our requirements for discharge. Please ask any questions or express any concerns at this time so that we can be sure you and your family are well-informed about your post-operative care and are confident leaving our facility. You will be escorted to your car by one of our staff members.
ADMISSION FOR OVERNIGHT
If your physician determines that your surgery requires an overnight stay, our staff will accommodate you.
- You will not be permitted to drive after surgery. You must make arrangements for transportation home prior to surgery.
- Personal items may be brought to the patient to their private room after surgery. Please delay bringing the personal items until the patient is in his or her room.
- Medications brought to the hospital for patients use need to be in their original bottle and labeled with the patient’s name.
- Check out time is 9:00 AM.
- Visitation hours are 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. In consideration of our patients, visitors with colds, fever, coughs and sneezing are discouraged. For the well-being of our patients, we encourage only one or two visitors at a time.
- One parent is encouraged to stay with children who are younger than 18 years old.
- Unsupervised minor children will not be allowed to visit patients.
- Restriction of visitation for patients will be posted on the patient’s door.
I just wanted to send a note of thanks to everyone I had contact with while having my surgery. You guys are awesome and no doubt doing what you were called to do!