It is our commitment that you receive the highest level of care possible. The quality of your care, before and after your surgical procedure, is important to us.
Download our Surgery Information Guide which has all of the information available here plus helpful times, and answers to frequently asked questions.
If your surgery has been scheduled for a same-day surgery, you will be going home after your procedure - once your pain is controlled and you are able to tolerate oral fluids. It is essential that you arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery; because you may be receiving narcotic medications, you will be considered an “impaired” driver. So please arrange for someone to drive you home.
If you are staying overnight in the hospital you may bring the following: • Toothbrush, toothpaste
No Make-Up or Nail Polish
Make-up should not be worn on the day of your surgery because it could cause irritation or scratches to your cornea. During your surgery, your oxygen levels will be monitored with a probe that is on your finger. Please remove nail polish before your surgery.
When you arrive at the hospital, you need to check-in at the front desk and then report to the surgical department.
Arriving at the Surgical Unit
When you arrive, you will be assigned a private room and asked to empty your bladder and/or bowels. You will be given a hospital gown and asked to remove all clothing. All of your clothes and belongings will be placed in a hospital-provided bag and put under your personal stretcher.
Sign Your Consent Forms
You will be asked to sign an informed surgical consent verifying the procedure that your surgeon has scheduled for you. If you have any questions, please ask your nurse at this time.
If required, the admitting nurse or CNA will shave the areas of your body at the site of your surgical incision. Shaving the hair helps decrease the number of bacteria on the skin. It is important that this is performed immediately before your surgery and NOT done by you the night before.
Before your surgery, an anesthesiologist will evaluate your medical condition(s) and discuss available anesthetic options with you.
After you are transferred to the OR table, monitors will be placed on your body to measure your pulse, B/P, and oxygen level. You might also receive pneumatic stockings on your lower legs to help circulate your blood. After you are asleep, a warming blanket will be placed on you to help keep you warm during your surgery.
Immediately after your surgery you will be transported to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).There you will receive oxygen either by nasal cannula (in your nose), mask (covering your mouth and nose) or humidified face tent (mask blowing humidified oxygen).
A nurse will be near your bedside always. Your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse rate, and oxygen saturation) will be monitored as well as your overall condition.
You will be asked to take several deep breaths. This will help you get rid of the anesthetic gases (if general anesthesia) to wake you up faster. You will also be asked several times to take deep breaths to help clear secretions from your air passages. You might be given a breathing spirometer to help you breathe deeply.
This is a critical time for your nurse to monitor you and focus on you. No visitors will be allowed to visit you during this time unless you are a parent of a small child and then only one parent at a time will be allowed into the PACU.
No other relatives will be allowed to visit. Once you are awake and have met immediate PACU criteria, you will be transferred to the discharge area within the surgical unit for additional monitoring and then sent home when you are ready.
Your immediate family may visit you at this time, and your home caregiver will be asked to review discharge instructions with you and your nurse because you may still be drowsy. If you have any questions after discharge, please call your attending surgeon.
If you are an inpatient, you will be transferred to an assigned room in the appropriate unit designated for you.