Will I be contacted prior to my surgery by the facility?
Yes. You may receive one to two calls. You may be contacted a few days prior to surgery by a member of your health care team who works in day surgery. This call may be a Preadmission Testing call (PAT) and may include routine questions about your health history, instructions for the day of surgery, and answers to any questions you may have. You may also be contacted by someone in the facility’s business office to address financial matters such as your responsibility for co-payments and deductibles.
What tests are required prior to my surgery?
Any pre-operative tests will be determined by your physician or anesthesiologist and preformed in either your physicians office or at the hospital during your PAT appointment. All PAT appointments are completed prior to the date of your surgery.
What should I bring?
- Please bring your photo identification and insurance card(s). Our staff will need to verify and make copies when you check-in on the day of your surgery.
- Be sure to bring any medications that you may need during your stay at the facility (e.g., inhaler or insulin).
- Please bring a list of all drugs you are currently taking.
- Please bring payment of any patient responsibility (e.g. co-payment or deductible)
- Please do not bring rings, watches, or other valuables.
Should I arrange a ride to the facility?
Yes. You will not be allowed to drive after surgery. Please arrange for an adult to drive you home and for someone to be with you when you arrive.
What may I eat and drink before surgery?
Your physician or a pre-operative nurse from day surgery will inform you of eating and drinking restrictions prior to surgery. Generally, no food or fluids are allowed after midnight the day before surgery. It is very important that you follow the provided instructions. If you do not, your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
Should I take my routine medications on the day of surgery?
You will be given instructions regarding medications by your physician or a staff member. Also, as noted above, please be prepared to list all medications (including name and dose) you are taking and to bring any with you that may be needed during your stay (e.g., inhaler or insulin).
What can I do to help ensure that I have the proper procedure on the correct surgical site?
Your safety is our primary concern. Your entire care team will follow rigorous guidelines regarding site identification and procedure confirmation. The Joint Commission has “National Patient Safety Goals” which have been developed for hospitals and require your involvement too. You will be asked numerous times to confirm both the procedure you are having and the surgical site. You should take a very active role in all discussions with your physician, your anesthesia provider and our staff regarding the identification of your procedure and the correct surgical site. In most cases, your surgeon will mark the site prior to your procedure.
What can I do to help prevent a surgical site infection?
- Take a shower the night before and the morning of surgery.
Follow these simple steps:
- Wash your hair first with any shampoo.
- Wash all of your body using a liquid antibacterial soap and a clean washcloth for each shower (some procedures may require a specific cleanser – if so this will be provided during your PAT appointment).
- Rinse well to remove all soap.
- Dry your body with a clean towel.
- Do not use lotion, cream or powder.
- Do not shave or clip the area where the surgery will be done.
- On the day of your procedure make sure you, your family and any other caregivers wash hands frequently while at the facility and at home following your surgery. Also, do not hesitate to ask members of your health care team at the facility if they have washed their hands!
- After your procedure make sure you, your family and any other caregivers wash their hands frequently. Also, be sure you follow all instructions provided by your health care team regarding the care and cleaning of your surgical site as well as the administration of post-operative medications and bandages.
What if I think I might be pregnant?
Please be sure to notify your physician, anesthesiologist and nurse prior to the date of surgery if you think you may be pregnant. The surgical procedure, anesthesia and medications may be harmful to a developing fetus.
What to expect before your day of surgery.