Preparing for Surgery

The Day Of Your Surgery

  • A responsible adult MUST accompany you home and stay with you for the next 24 hours.
  • Have a friend or a relative drive you to the Hospital and home afterward.
  • Your family members may wait in the surgical reception area.
  • Visitors are limited to TWO people at a time.
  • Do not bring your children to stay with you at the Hospital. If you are responsible for children, arrange for a babysitter for the day.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless instructed otherwise by your physician. This includes the morning of your surgery. Try not to swallow water while brushing your teeth the morning of your surgery.
  • Do not put anything into your mouth such as gum, candy, or tobacco on the morning of your surgery. Do not smoke the day before or the morning of your surgery.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes, particularly if the procedure is performed on the abdomen, legs or arms.
  • Do not wear nail polish or make-up and do not bring money, jewelry or other valuables.
  • Notify your physician, prior to the day of your surgery, if there is any change in you physical condition, such as a cold, cough, elevated temperature or infection.

For Your One-Day Surgery Stay

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Before your surgery...

_____ Complete the forms your doctor gave you and take them to the Registration desk so you will be pre-registered.
_____ Complete all required pre-surgical tests.
_____ Make a list of questions so you don't forget to ask them.
_____ Make a list of medications you are currently taking and bring it with you to the Hospital.
_____ Arrange for a babysitter for your children and a friend to stay overnight with you if you live alone.
_____ Arrange for transportation to and from the Hospital by having your spouse, a friend, or relative drive you to the Hospital and home afterward.

The day before your surgery...

_____ Call your doctor if you have a cold or elevated temperature.
_____ Pack your list of questions and list of medications.
_____ Call your surgeon's office for the time you should arrive.
_____ Bathe or shower using an antibacterial soap.
_____ Do not eat or drink after midnight unless instructed otherwise by your physician.

The day of your surgery...

_____ Bathe or shower using an antibacterial soap.
_____ Wear loose-fitting clothes.
_____ Leave home in time to arrive at the Hospital by the prearranged time.
_____ If you were given a green bracelet, please bring it with you.
_____ You will be required to remove underwear, jewelry and piercings, contacts, dentures, hearing aids and prosthesis prior to surgery.
_____ Ask any questions on your list.
_____ Relax and let ODS personnel take care of you.

One-Day Surgery Precautions

  • Plan to rest for 24 hours following surgery. Do not schedule activities for the day of your surgery.
  • You are not to be alone for 24 hours after receiving general anesthesia. Take someone with you if you must go outside. Do not go out alone.
  • Go slowly, particularly when you rise to a sitting or standing position.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery – not even the lawn mower – for the first 24 hours and until approved by your physician.
  • Follow your post operative instructions provided to you at discharge.

Surgical Admissions

Most of this information also applies to patients who will be admitted to the Hospital for one night or more. In those cases, your surgeon’s office staff will have additional information for you and will be able to answer your questions.

Many of the surgical admissions are admitted through One-Day Surgery. Expected discharge is by 11 am the next day.