On the day of surgery, please report to 24/7 Registration desk at the Emergency entrance.
Bathe or shower as usual the day of your surgery, removing all makeup. At the hospital, you will change into a hospital gown. At this time, you should remove contact lenses. Please be sure to notify your nurse if you have dentures, partial plates, hearing aides or body piercings.
What to Bring
- A list of your medications
- Metered dose inhaler, if you use one
- Most current insurance cards, information for billing, and any pre authorizations required for services
- Any co-pays or deductibles required by your insurance
- A list of any allergies you may have
- Advance Directives if you wish them to be a part of your medical record (Living Will/Medical Durable Power of Attorney)
What Not to Bring
- Valuables. The hospital cannot be responsible for your jewelry and other valuables. Please leave them at home or give them to a family member to hold for you until after your procedure.
You should not take your regular medications unless ordered by a physician. You will be instructed which medications you should take the day of surgery, if any. Some medications and herbal products should be discontinued well in advance of your surgery. Please verify that information during your pre-procedure visit or phone call.
We will make final surgical preparations in the Same Day Surgery area before taking you to the operating room. Your operating room nurse will introduce him or herself, check your identification band and ask a few questions. An Anesthetist will speak with you and answer questions before administering your anesthetic.
Surgery Recovery - Post Anesthesia Care/Recovery
After surgery, you will be taken to Recovery in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse and respiration) will be monitored. This room is designed and staffed to care for several patients at a time. You may be aware of other patients and activities going on around you.
Specific Tips for Children
Bring your child's special blanket or toy. It will be comforting for them to take a familiar item into surgery, and it will be there when they awaken in the Recovery Room.
Small children riding in rear facing car seats need two responsible people, one to drive home and one to observe the child during the trip.
If the infant has a special bottle or formula, please bring it with you to the hospital.