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Preparing for Surgery

Scheduled for Surgery?

Save time the day of your procedure.

We want you to have the best possible experience before, during and after your surgery. As the patient, you play an important role in your healthcare. Help us make sure everything goes smoothly by following the instructions below and any other instructions your surgeon provides.

To help prepare your child for surgery, learn about our Swinging Through Surgery program.

Before Surgery

Once you’re scheduled for surgery, our Pre-Surgery Testing Department will contact you with questions about your health history and medications. We may ask you to come in before your surgery for lab tests, X-rays or other testing that will help us prepare for your procedure.

Unless your surgeon tells you otherwise, follow these instructions to prepare for the day of surgery:

  • Avoid food and drink after midnight.
  • After midnight, do not chew gum or tobacco, sip water, eat candy or mints or use antacids or throat lozenges.
  • Avoid swallowing after brushing your teeth.
  • Take a bath or shower the night before or the morning of surgery using antibacterial soap. Do not use lotion or powder.
  • Get a good night's sleep before surgery.
  • Let your surgeon know before surgery if you have a cold, fever, infection or any change in your condition.
  • Remove fingernail polish, makeup and jewelry.
  • Leave your jewelry and other valuables at home.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be removed easily.
  • Bring a list of your medications. Use our Current Medications form to write down the medications you’re currently taking. Include your frequency and dose, such as 50 mg once a day.
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a case with you. We can provide a container for dentures, if needed.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after your surgery. You will not be allowed to leave in a cab or drive yourself home. Your designated driver is welcome to stay at the hospital during your procedure, or we can call your driver when you’re released.

Surgery Day

  • Please check in two hours before your scheduled surgery time unless we have given you other instructions.
  • An anesthesiologist will meet with you before your surgery to explain the process and answer your questions.
  • Two adult family members or companions may stay in the surgery waiting area. Please make other arrangements for young children.
  • Keeping your family informed during your surgery is a priority for us. If your family chooses to leave the waiting area, they should leave contact information with waiting area personnel.
  • If you have advance directives regarding your healthcare, please bring a copy with you.

After Surgery

  • We'll monitor you in a recovery room until you are awake and comfortable. This may take up to two hours.
  • During your recovery, our staff will keep family members updated on your status. We will let them know when you are transferred to your hospital room or ready to go home.
  • Pain medication will be given to keep you comfortable until you are discharged and can fill your prescription.
  • For your safety, we recommend that someone stay with you for 24 hours after you are released.

Questions About Your Surgery?

We’re here to help. Contact your surgeon’s office or our Pre-Surgery Clinic at 816.691.1344 with any questions about your procedure.