Surgery Instructions

Our staff realizes what a scary time surgery can be for patients. Our goal is to make this experience as easy and painless as possible for you. Here are a few instructions to help do so.

Important Instructions for the Night Before Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery (not even a mint, gum or a glass of water). However, you may be instructed to take certain medications the morning of surgery with only a sip of water.
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Do not drink any alcohol 24 hours before surgery.
  • Do not use any street drug for at least 72 hours (3 days) before your surgery. These drugs can cause dangerous problems during your surgery. It is very important to notify your surgeon and anesthetist if you have used any drugs in the three days prior to your surgery.
  • Take a shower or bath the night before.
  • Follow all additional instructions given to you by your surgeon or anesthetist.

Planning for the Day of Surgery

  • A responsible family member or other adult must come with you. Please limit those coming with you the day of surgery to as few as possible (we recommend no more than two). We reserve the right to limit the number of visitors you have in your room. Children under the age of 12 are discouraged from visiting.
  • You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery.
  • Children 17 years of age or younger must have a parent or legal guardian with them.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Pajamas, slippers and robes are provided by the hospital during your stay.
  • Dentures and contact lenses must be removed before surgery. Please bring your case if you must wear contacts.
  • All jewelry must be removed. This includes any body piercing and wedding rings.
  • Leave all valuables at home (i.e. purse, wallet, and jewelry).

The Day of Surgery

  • Come to the hospital as instructed which is usually 1 ½ - 2 hours before surgery. Your surgery is usually scheduled at a specific time. However, time changes may occur due to emergencies or cancellations.
  • The family member or adult who has come with you should go with you to the surgery area.
  • After you get to the surgery area, your family may stay with you until you are taken to the operating room. Then they will be directed to the waiting room.
  • When your surgery is over, the doctor will go to the waiting room to talk with your family.
  • After surgery, you will be taken to the Recovery Room. Most patients stay in this area for at least one hour.
  • From the Recovery Room, outpatient surgery patients are taken to the Outpatient Unit (where they were before surgery) and later will be discharged to go home. Inpatient surgery patients are transferred from the recovery area to a hospital room. A nurse will tell your family when you are ready to leave the Recovery Room and where you will be taken.