Preparing for Surgery

You should always follow the instructions of your physician prior surgery. The information here is designed to help you understand what to expect from your surgical experience.

Before You Arrive

  • Someone from the hospital will call to confirm your surgery appointment and to discuss your insurance/payment responsibilities.
  • You will be given a time to arrive so that preliminary information and tasks can be completed.
  • You should arrange to have someone (a family member or support person) drive you to surgery and remain with you to speak with your surgeon following the surgery.

When You Arrive

  • When you arrive, go directly to Day Surgery, even if you’re having minor surgery. They will process you based on the information provided by your physician and the call to you about your surgery. You will be asked to sign papers, including the consent for surgery, and will be given an identification bracelet.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring clothing/shoes to wear for discharge. You will be given a gown to wear in surgery.
  • Do not bring valuables with you to surgery. Your personal belonging will be given to your support person while you are in surgery.
  • A nurse will prepare you for surgery and answer any questions you may have and give instructions to your family member or support person.
  • The anesthesiologist will consult with you prior to the procedure.
  • Your nurse will begin an IV fluid line which will be used to administer medications and fluids during and after your procedure.
  • You will be asked to confirm your name and surgical site.
  • Your support person will be directed to wait in the waiting area.  Our cafeterias and vending areas are available to them if they choose to use these services.

During Your Surgery

  • Most people will be under anesthesia during their procedures.
  • A team of professionals will be providing care for you throughout the procedure and monitoring your vital sign.

Following Surgery

  • You will be moved from the surgical suite to a recovery area.
  • Nurses in the recovery area will monitor your vital signs as you recover.
  • When your condition is stable, the doctor will either send you home (outpatient procedures) or admit you to a hospital unit for further care.
  • The doctor will speak to your family or support person, so they should remain nearby at all times.
  • If you are admitted to the hospital, nursing staff who specialize in surgical care will monitor your condition and follow the instructions of your doctor.