Basic Instructions: The Day of My Surgery

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At reception, you will be asked to complete the forms that apply to your stay with us, such as assignment of benefits, estimate of charges, and Medicare’s advance beneficiary notice, if applicable.

  • The nurse will show you to the preoperative waiting area and assist in preparing you for surgery. You will be asked to change into a surgical gown. Your clothes and personal belongings will be secured, or you may give them to the person who has accompanied you to the surgery center or hospital.
  • A nurse will obtain and/or verify a health history, including height, weight, temperature, pulse, and blood pressure. Any patient with a history of diabetes will undergo a blood glucose test. Other tests, such as an EKG and pregnancy test for women of child bearing age, may be performed as needed.
  • If your procedure is scheduled with anesthesia, you will visit with your anesthesia provider prior to your surgery.
  • Your doctor will have you read and sign a surgery consent form acknowledging your understanding of the procedure and granting permission for your surgeon to perform the scheduled procedure(s). If the person having surgery is a minor or is unable to sign forms, a parent or legal guardian must sign the consent form.
  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany any minor or impaired adult on the day of surgery and remain throughout the patient's stay.