Preparing for Your Surgery

You and your Surgeon have decided that you need surgery (an operation). Here are some of the questions and answers commonly asked regarding surgery. If you have additional questions, please ask your surgeon or the outpatient nurse.

Types of Surgical Stays:

1. Outpatient (same-day surgery) - You will go home the same day as your surgery after a brief recovery period.

2. Observation - You will stay overnight in the hospital for less than 24-hours.

3. Inpatient - You will stay in the hospital for 1 or more days.

Getting Ready for Your Surgery:

Your doctor will give you "orders" and other information to take to the hospital for registration. At this time, the registration staff will obtain information from you and arrange for a patient education session. This must be done at least 48 hours before the procedure.

Patient Education:

1. The time you spend here provides answers to questions and discussion of patient needs before, during, and after surgery. Medications are reviewed along with physical history. The following are usually among subjects discussed:

  • Smoking causes health problems, along with slowing down recovery time
  • Any changes in/or new medications
  • If there any changes in your health (flu, fever, congestion, or blisters)

2. Follow all instructions given to you at the pre-op patient teaching.

3. Make plans to have someone drive you to and from the hospital.

Day of Surgery, please:

  • Refrain from eating/drinking. This includes chewing gum.
  • Take only the medications you are instructed to take.
  • Take a bath or shower.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Remove all makeup.
  • Leave all personal items at home (jewelry, purse, wallets, money).
  • Remove any body piercing jewelry.
  • Bring with you any storage containers for teeth, contact lenses, or glasses.
  • If you will be staying at the hospital over night, bring any toiletries for your daily grooming. This includes toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, ect.

Children under 12 are not permitted in the patient room as visitors.

During Surgery:

  • Your family and loved ones will be updated on a regular basis.

After Surgery:

You will remain in recovery for a short while depending on procedure being done. During this time you will begin the cough and deep breathing. If no nausea you will be given ice chips or sprite.

After returning to your room…

  • Your nurse will take your vital signs and instruct you to breathe, move around, drink clear liquids.
  • You must use the bathroom before you leave.
  • The nurse will go through "at home" care and discharge instructions.

At-Home Care

1. Remember to breathe deep breaths.

2. Move around as per your Doctor's instructions maintain an appropriate level of activity

3. Make sure that you follow dietary instructions given at time of discharge.