Arrive at scheduled time and check in at the round Concierge Desk.
- Remember nothing to eat or drink. You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water. Avoid tobacco products and do not chew gum!
- Take all blood pressure, heart or seizure medications as prescribed with a tiny sip of water prior to arrival.
- Leave all jewelry (including body piercings), watches and other valuables at home.
- If you wear contacts, glasses, hearing aids or dentures bring a case for safe-keeping.
- You may shave, but do not use After Shave or cologne.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing and good support shoes (easy to put on). Bring a pair of warm socks if needed.
- Bring a pillow to use in the car for the drive home.
- Bring all current prescription medications in their original containers.
- You will be in recovery after surgery. If you are an outpatient, post operative instructions will be given to you and your escort before discharge.
- You will be asked what surgery is being done, who the surgeon is, the site of the surgery, and if you have allergies by several staff.
Failure to follow these instructions contained in this brochure may result in a delay or cancellation of your surgery.
- A nurse will bring you to the Pre-Op area and have you change clothes in your private room.
- The nurse will check your heart rate, blood pressure, review your medications and history and start an IV.
- Your anesthesiologist will visit you. Ask questions and be sure you understand all of the instructions you will be given.
Many people involved in your surgery will ask you the same questions such as:
- Your Name
- Last Food or Drink Taken by Mouth
- Description of Your Surgery
- Name of Your Surgery
This is for your safety, so please answer each time.
- A nurse from the OR will visit you in Pre-Op and transport you to the Operating Room.
- The lights may be bright and the room may be cold
- You will be given warm blankets.
- The room may seem very busy but it is just the preparation for your surgery.
- You will be positioned on the bed and monitors will be attached to observe you during your procedure.
- You will wake up in recovery.