Day of Surgery

How Do I Prepare for My Surgery?

We want to make your day of surgery as stress-free as possible. It’s why we work with you to prepare for surgery so you can feel confident and comfortable about your procedure.

How Do I Prepare at Home on Surgery Day?

It’s important you follow the instructions your doctor gave you on how to prepare for your procedure. Our pre-surgery checklist will help you keep track of what you need to do and remember to bring with you. Before you come to the hospital on the day of your surgery:

  • Take a bath or shower, but do not use powder, lotion, deodorant, perfume, aftershave or makeup.
  • Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, but spit out all of the liquid.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions about taking your medications (if you take any) on surgery day.
  • Leave home in time to arrive at the hospital 2 hours before your surgery is scheduled to begin, unless your doctor or nurse tells you differently.

What Happens When I Arrive at the Hospital?

You need a family member or friend to drive you to the hospital and also someone to be at the hospital during your surgery. When you arrive, you will:

  • Check in at admissions.
  • If you haven’t pre-registered, you will register when you check in.
  • Pay your co-insurance or deductibles if your insurance provider requires them.
  • Get a hospital ID bracelet. Confirm that your name and birth date are correct.

Before Surgery

After you’ve completed paperwork, you’ll go to PreOp and change into a gown, cap and paper slippers. During PreOp:

  • Your anesthesiologist (the doctor who gives you the medicine that makes you sleep during the procedure) may see you beforehand to explain the process and answer your questions.
  • Your surgeon will explain the surgery and what to expect afterward, and he or she will answer any questions.
  • Staff members will attach IVs and monitoring leads if needed. For young patients, we typically attach these in the operating room.

During Surgery

The surgery waiting area is where your family or friends can wait during the surgery. We recommend at least one person stay in that area in case the doctor or nurse needs to talk with him or her during surgery. When the surgery is over, your surgeon will let your family members and friends (if you agree) know how the surgery went and how you are.