Preparing for Surgery
At Banner Lassen Medical Center, we work with your physician to provide the best care available:
Pre-Surgery Information and Instructions
Your physician will give you specific instructions. In addition, following are some general pre-surgery tips:
The evening before surgery
- Ask your physician about special instructions for the morning of the surgery if the patient takes medications such as insulin, heart or blood pressure medicines.
- Bring a list of the patient’s medications, dose requirements and times of day that they need to take them, unless the patient already has listed them on other admission forms.
- Follow any pre-surgery instructions given by the physician, such as enemas, douches, showers, etc.
- Notify the surgeon if a cold, fever or other infection develops before surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, including water, throat lozenges or chewing gum, unless instructed differently by the physician or anesthesiologist. The surgery will be cancelled if the patient eats or drinks without special instructions.
- Do not smoke after midnight. Smoking can irritate the lungs and contribute to nausea.
- Unless instructed to do so, do not bring medications to the hospital.
The day of surgery
- Do not wear makeup, hairpins, lotion, powder or perfume.
- Take a bath or shower the day of your surgery. Cleanliness is an important part of any surgery.
- Patients may brush their teeth, but be careful not to swallow any water.
- The hospital is not responsible for misplaced or stolen items, such as money, credit cards, jewelry and other valuables. However, patients may require cash, credit card or check for their co-payment or deductible. After payment is made, please give valuables to family or friends to return home.
- If the patient wears contact lenses, glasses or dentures, bring a container to protect them.
- Arrive at the designated time. Go to the main lobby admitting desk. A patient services representative will have the patient’s admission papers ready for their signature. Be prepared to show the patient’s health insurance cards.
- If the patient has an advance directive, living will or medical power of attorney, please bring a copy.
- Patients will be escorted to the pre-surgery area. Family or friends may wait in the surgery waiting room. Generally, they are not permitted in the pre-surgery area.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that is easy to take off and put on. Patient’s clothes will either be given to a family or friend, or placed in a locker with the patient’s name and brought to them after surgery.
- Feel free to ask about concerns. An informed patient is a more relaxed patient.
When ready for surgery, a nurse will take the patient’s blood pressure, temperature and pulse rate. The patient will be asked to sign consent to authorize the physician to perform the surgery. The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who gives the anesthesia will talk with the patient. The patient will then be taken to a surgery operating room on a cart. A blood pressure cuff and heart monitor will be attached so the patient is constantly observed during surgery.
After surgery, the physician will talk to the family and/or friends and the patient will be taken to the recovery area. While in the recovery area, the patient will be closely monitored by the nursing staff. Family and/or friends will be notified of the patient’s condition and transfer when the patient is taken to their hospital room.
In general, prolonged bed rest after surgery is not beneficial. Most patients will be encouraged to get out of bed and begin activity very soon after surgery, most likely on the same day as surgery.
Depending on the type of surgery, the physician may order certain exercises, which usually include deep breathing, coughing, movement of legs and getting out of bed. These exercises will help with recovery.