The Day of Surgery
- Bathe or shower before surgery, but do not shave the area near your planned surgery site.
- Do not take your insulin or diabetes pill.
- Unless instructed otherwise by your anesthesiologist or surgeon, you should go ahead and take your heart, blood pressure, seizure, or asthma medicine with two tablespoons of water. Heart surgery patients should not take any medications.
- Make sure you arrive at Patient Registration at the arrival time listed on the inside cover of this brochure. This is different than your surgery time.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes.
- Remove contact lenses.
- Do not wear heavy makeup.
- Leave valuables at home, including jewelry and money. You will be asked to remove all jewelry before surgery.
- Bring all medications that you are taking on a regular basis. Inform your nurse if you have taken blood thinner medications (Plavix, Heparin, Coumadin, Ticlid, Effient, Lovenox) within the last month prior to surgery.
- Upon registration, you will be asked for a picture ID for verification and your insurance card.
While in the pre-op area you will be allowed two visitors. Children may not be left unattended in the waiting room.
You will be asked to sign a consent form for your surgery and anesthesia prior to surgery. If the patient is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign the consent. Proof of legal guardianship must be provided. Also prior to surgery, your anesthesiologist will meet with you in the pre-operative waiting area to discuss your plan of care.
As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the utmost safety for our patients, you may be asked the same questions by more than one caregiver. The staff responsible for your care will verify who you are, what kind of surgery you are having, and the part of your body on which surgery is to be performed. You will be asked these questions many times. Staff will also double-check what you tell them against the documents from your doctor’s office. While it might seem redundant, it is an important part of our quality assurance process.
Depending on the type of surgery you are having, your surgeon will mark the correct location on your body to indicate where the procedure is to be performed. Called site marking, this is a critical step in ensuring your safety and preventing errors, especially if you are having surgery on one of your arms, legs, hands, fingers, eyes, ears, etc. Just before the surgery begins the entire surgical team will take a “time out.” During this time out, the members of the team assure that they are performing the correct procedure at the correct site and on the correct person.