Preparing for Surgery
Consult your physician prior to surgery for directions.
If you have a fever that lasts more than 24 hours, or if you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact your doctor for recommendations.
- Eat a light dinner the evening before surgery, and avoid all alcoholic beverages.
- After midnight the night before your surgery, do not eat or drink anything—not even water, chewing gum or mints—unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
No, you won’t be allowed to drive following surgery. Please make arrangements for a ride home with a responsible adult. You won’t be permitted to drive the day of surgery, and you’ll need your doctor’s clearance before driving again.
Please arrive at least two hours prior to your scheduled procedure, unless your physician provides other instructions.
You may bathe or shower (with antibacterial soap) and brush your teeth before coming to the hospital, but do not drink any water. Please limit makeup and remove all body piercings or jewelry.
After surgery, the time you spend in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) will depend on your procedure and how you respond to anesthesia. Visitors will be restricted during this time, but your nurse will keep them informed of your condition.
If you need to cancel surgery, please notify your physician and the hospital’s scheduling department immediately.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.
Preparing for a Hospital Visit
Yes, you may need to fill out a few additional forms once you arrive at the hospital's admissions desk.
Some forms you might be asked to complete include:
- Authorization to Release Protected Health Information
- Conditions of Admission and Consent for Treatment
- Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices
You’re encouraged to complete pre-admission testing (PAT) two to 10 days before your surgery. Your physician will order specific tests based on the procedure, your age and medical condition. PAT typically take less than an hour and ensures you and your doctor are both prepared.
PAT tests may include:
- Blood test
- Urine test
- Chest X-ray
Depending on the purpose for your appointment, your doctor will give you appropriate admission and check-in instructions.
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