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Preparing for Surgery

At North Kansas City Hospital, we want you to have the best possible experience before, during and after your surgery. You can help make sure everything goes smoothly by following the instructions below along with any instructions provided by your surgeon and contacting us in advance if you have any questions or concerns.

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

Before Your Surgery

Once you’re scheduled for surgery, you’ll be contacted by the Pre-Surgery Testing Department to provide information on your health history and medications. You may be asked to come in before your surgery for preadmission lab tests, X-rays or other testing that will help us prepare for your procedure.

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

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight.
  • After midnight, do not chew gum or tobacco, sip water, eat candy or mints or use antacids or throat lozenges.
  • You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before surgery.
  • Take a bath or shower the night before or the morning of surgery using antibacterial soap. Do not use lotion or powder.
  • Let your surgeon know prior to surgery if you have a cold, fever, infection or any change in your condition.
  • Do not wear fingernail polish, makeup or 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 record the medications you’re currently taking.
  • 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.

Day of Surgery

  • 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 family members or companions may stay in the surgery waiting area. If you have young children, please make other arrangements for them. Keeping your family informed during your surgery is a priority for us. Your family members receive updates while you're in surgery. They'll wait in a comfortable area with access to free coffee, televisions and other amenities. If your family chooses to leave the waiting area, pagers are available so staff members can contact them if necessary.
  • If you have advance directives regarding your healthcare, please bring a copy with you. Notary service will be available the morning of surgery.

After Surgery

  • You will be taken to a recovery room where you’ll be monitored until you are awake and comfortable, usually one to two hours.
  • During your recovery, your family members who are waiting will be updated by your surgeon. Family will also be notified when you are transferred to your hospital room or are ready to go home.
  • Pain medication will be given to keep you comfortable until you are discharged and can fill your prescription.
  • You may be transferred to a hospital room or discharged to return home with a designated driver.
  • For your safety, we recommend that someone stay with you for 24 hours after you are released.

Get more information on your specific surgery and how to prepare for it at our online Health Encyclopedia.

Questions About Your Surgery?

We’re here to help. Contact your surgeon’s office or our Pre-Surgery Testing Department at 816-691-1344 with any questions about your procedure.

Scheduled for Surgery?

Pre-register online to save time the day of your procedure.