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The Day of Your Surgery

On the day you are scheduled to have surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything unless you were instructed to do so by your physician or during your preoperative visit. If you have been instructed to take any medication, take it with a small sip of water.
  • Bring your medications to the hospital if you were told to bring them with you.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Bring your eyeglasses. You will not be able to wear contact lenses.
  • Bring any dentures, hearing aids and cases in which to store them.
  • Do not wear hair spray, body lotion or perfume.
  • Do not wear any jewelry (including wedding rings, earrings and piercings) or makeup.
  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • You MUST have someone drive you home after the procedure.
  • Do NOT shave the incision site with a razor.

For any additional questions regarding your surgery please contact your surgeon's office.

1. Check in at the Surgery reception desk, on the 2nd floor just above the main hospital entrance. You will be greeted and taken to your room. ALL family members and visitors will be asked to wait in the waiting area until your preparation for surgery is completed.
2. Your safety is our top priority. There are many safety checks in place to ensure that all members of your surgical team are fully informed of the care plan designed for your hospital stay. As an additional safety measure, we will ask you to verify your surgical procedure, and you may be asked the same questions more than once. These are the recommended practices for all hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission.

3. A member of the anesthesia care team will visit you and answer any questions you may have about anesthesia. Tell your anesthesia care team if you have any problems with anesthesia.

SECOND STOP: Operating Room
You will be taken to the Operating Room. Your family and visitors will be in the family waiting room. Your doctor will speak with them after your surgery is finished.

THIRD STOP: Recovery Room

  • You will spend some time in the recovery room after your surgery.
  • You will be sleepy and may not remember everything. A nurse will be with you.
  • The nurse will take your vital signs often and ask you to take deep breaths.
  • You will be given medications to ease discomfort or nausea.
  • Your family cannot visit you while you are in this area.

FOURTH STOP: Your Hospital Room
You will be taken to your room.