Preoperative

The Night Before Surgery

DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight unless the anesthesiologist has given you special instructions with reference to medications.
If you are instructed to shower with a special product please do so.

The Morning of Surgery

DO NOT eat or drink anything unless the anesthesiologist has given you special instructions with reference to medications.
Bring your insurance card and picture ID. Wear comfortable clothes. Preferably front closing upper garments and flat shoes.
Leave all jewelry and valuables secured at home. An in-room safe is available if this is unavoidable.
If you are due to be discharged the same day of surgery you must have a responsible adult with you to drive or escort you home.
The staff will be in contact with your family members for the duration of your surgery using a pager system that is set up upon admission.

After Surgery

Your family members will be informed of your progress during the recovery phase of your care using the pager system.
You will be in the recovery room cared for by specially-trained nurses and an Anesthesiologist to manage any discomfort.
Your surgeon will review your surgery with your family member.
You will feel sleepy after surgery.
If you are to be discharged the same day of surgery you must have a responsible adult to drive or escort you home.
We encourage that an adult stay with you for your first post-surgical night.
You should not drive, make any important decisions, or operate any machinery for the first 24 hours after your surgery.

Post Op – Once You Get Home

Drowsiness, dizziness, sore throat, muscle soreness and headaches are all common side effects of anesthesia and could take several days to resolve.
A nursing staff member will contact you once you are discharged from the hospital to evaluate how you are progressing and to assist you with your concerns and questions.