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  • Diet

    Have a light dinner and limit alcohol intake the evening prior to your surgery. Food or liquid in your stomach may cause your surgery to be postponed or cancelled. Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight before your surgery, unless instructed to do so by your surgeon. Brush your teeth, tongue and any dental prosthesis with toothpaste followed by water and mouthwash (being careful not to swallow) just before coming to the hospital.

    Dress

    Dress in comfortable, loose, short sleeved clothing and low-heeled shoes. A hospital gown and robe will be provided during your visit. You cannot wear eyeglasses, contact lenses, dentures, or any jewelry during surgery. We suggest you bring a case in which to store your eyewear (and contact storage solution, if needed) and remove all jewelry at home.

    Valuables

    Do not bring any valuables into the hospital with you, including jewelry, money, or credit cards. The hospital is unable to accept liability for lost valuables.

    Upon Your Arrival

    Enter the hospital through the main lobby and check in at the reception desk. If you do not speak English, or if you have a hearing or speech impairment, you can have interpretation services provided for you at no charge. Tell the person helping you that you need an interpreter.

    Depending on your scheduled procedure, you will be shown to either a surgical gurney or a reclining chair. When you arrive in your assigned room, you will be asked to change your clothes and put on a hospital gown. The nurse will take your vital signs: temperature, blood pressure, and pulse. If you have not already done so, you will need to sign a surgical consent and give a medical history.

    Surgeries are prioritized based upon the procedure, and the patient's age and medical condition. Your surgery starting time is an estimate based upon the surgeries scheduled that day. Every effort will be made to avoid delays in the surgery schedule. However, unscheduled emergency surgeries and other delays may interrupt our schedule. You will be notified if delays occur. A television is provided for your education or entertainment while you are waiting, but you may want to bring some reading material or a crossword puzzle. We provide a special television channel airing "Network for Health," which presents informative videos about surgery and anesthesia.

    Visitors

    To ensure the well-being of all our patients, certain visiting regulations must be observed. Only one visitor may be with you at a time. Children under the age of 14 are not permitted on the nursing units and should remain in the main lobby with a supervising adult.

    Going to Surgery

    An orderly will transport you by gurney to the holding room in the Surgery Department. If you have not yet seen your anesthesiologist, you will now meet this doctor. When it is time for your surgery, you will be moved to the operating room. Your length of time in surgery will depend on the procedure you are having. When you leave for surgery, your family will be directed to the main lobby where they should check in with the main lobby receptionist. The receptionist will notify your family of any updates and can direct your surgeon to them after your procedure. Post-anesthesia recovery time varies and the main lobby receptionist will notify your family when you return to your room.

    The Operating Room Suite

    The operating room provides a safe and sterile surgical environment. Operating room personnel will be wearing masks and hats. The room will be cold and will have bright lights overhead. You will see a great deal of equipment, not all of which may be used for your procedure.