If You are Being Admitted the Day Before Your Operation
When to Arrive at the Hospital
An Admitting associate will call you at home to give you a time to report to the hospital. You should go to Admitting in the Emergency Center Lobby where you will be escorted to your hospital room. Some patients who are admitted the day before their operation will still be seen in Pre-Anesthesia testing. You will receive a phone call to schedule this.
Going to Surgery
On the morning of your operation, you will be asked to empty your bladder and change into a gown before leaving your room. Someone from the surgery department will arrive to take you to the pre-operative area where nurses will complete your preparation for your operation.
For your safety, the following must be removed before your operation:
- All jewelry including wedding rings and body piercings
- Contact lenses, including extended wear
- Dentures, any removable dental work
- Wigs, hairpins, hairclips
The pre-operative nurse will help you get ready for surgery. The nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse and temperature and ask you additional questions. If you do not already have an intravenous (IV) started, the nurse will start one. The IV is used to give you fluids and medications. Your surgeon will see you in the preoperative area and answer any last minute questions and discuss any concerns you may have. For your safety, the staff may ask you the same questions many times.
They will ask: who you are, what kind of surgery you are having and the part of your body to be operated on. They will also double check the records from your doctor's office. Depending on the type of surgery you are having the surgeon will mark the site on your body. Your neck, upper back or lower back will be marked if you are having spine surgery. The surgeon will check the exact place on your spine in the operating room after you are asleep.
Depending on the type of surgery you are having, you may be given a pre-operative antibiotic for your safety. Immediately prior to surgery your surgeon will take a "time-out." This is done to make sure we are doing the right surgery on the right body part on the right person.
Family Waiting Areas
If you are admitted to the hospital the night before your operation, family members or friends will wait in the Family Waiting Room on the second floor adjacent to the Operating Room, during your surgery. If your family member or friend leaves the waiting area, they should let the clerk know where they are going and when they expect to return. This will allow for easier communication from the operating room. Pagers are available for your family members to use.
After your surgery, your doctor will talk to your family or companion in the waiting room. Family members are not allowed in the recovery room. When you are being transferred to your room, the recovery room staff will let your family members know.