The Day of Surgery

What should I bring with me to the hospital?

You should bring your insurance cards and driver’s license, a list of all medications you are currently taking with the names and dosages, and a copy of your advance directives.

On the day of my surgery, when should I get to the hospital?

Unless your physician instructs you otherwise, you should arrive at least two hours before your scheduled procedure.

May I bathe, brush my teeth, or wear any makeup and body piercings?

Before coming to the hospital you may bathe or shower, using antibacterial soap, and you may brush your teeth, but do not drink any water. Limit makeup and remove all body piercings and jewelry.

 After surgery will I be able to see friends and family?

The length of time you will be in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) following your surgery will depend on your response to the anesthesia and the nature of the surgery. Visitors will not be allowed to see you during this recovery time, but your nurse will keep them informed.

Will I need to complete more forms when I arrive at the hospital?

Yes, when you get to hospital admissions you will be asked to complete additional paperwork.

These are some of the admissions forms you might be asked to sign:

  • Authorization to Release Protected Health Information During This Admission
  • Consent for Treatment and Conditions For Admission
  • Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices

If I need to cancel my surgery, what do I do?

Please notify your doctor and the hospital’s surgery scheduling department as soon as possible if you need to cancel your surgery.

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