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What to Expect for Your Surgery

What to Expect for Your Surgery

Anticipating Your Surgery at St. Mary's

Here is a step-by-step breakdown of what to expect when you come for surgery:

Initial Consultation with Surgeon

Your initial visit to the surgeon will include an opportunity for the doctor to examine you and obtain a medical history of past and present health and illness. Be prepared to ask questions at this visit.  The surgeon will have his office staff schedule your surgery. You will be notified of the date, time and location.

Pre-Admission Lab Work and Forms Are Completed

The surgeon may order a complete blood count, blood chemistry or other lab work that he/she feels is necessary. You may also need additional testing such as an EKG or chest x-ray, if advised by your doctor. You will need to schedule these tests prior to surgery.

You will also complete your pre-admission registration. A packet will be mailed to you or provided to you at the surgeon's office. This packet contains a registration form, map and parking permit. Complete the registration form and return it to Same Day Surgery or to the appropriate St. Mary's Surgicare Center.

Report to Same Day Surgery or St. Mary's Surgicare

Arrive 2 hours prior to your scheduled surgery.

If you are scheduled to have general anesthesia, a family member or friend must accompany you to the hospital and take you home.

Bring a list of your current medications, including the dose and when you take them each day. Ask your physician which medications you should take prior to surgery.

Do not eat or drink anything for 8 hours before your scheduled surgery. (You may drink water up to 6 hours prior to your surgery.) Infants under six months of age may drink clear fluids up to four hours before surgery. Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before or after surgery.

Do not wear jewelry, hairpieces, contact lenses, nail polish, or make-up on the day of surgery. Wear loose-fitting clothing and low-heeled comfortable shoes.

An IV Will Be Started

The nursing staff will review your medications and have you sign a permit for surgery. Your temperature, pulse and respirations will be checked. You will be weighed and examined. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.

You will have an IV inserted. This will allow the administration of fluids and medications before, during and after surgery.

You Go Through Surgery & Recovery

You will be taken to surgery. Your family will be asked to wait in the surgical waiting area until the surgery is completed. The doctor will talk with your family after the surgery is over.

After surgery, you will spend time in recovery. The nurses will watch you closely as you wake up. Then they will help prepare you to go home or you may then be admitted to the hospital. The staff will evaluate your comfort level and provide medications to keep you as comfortable as possible.

You Go Home

Once the medical staff determines that you are ready, you will be discharged from the hospital. You need to have a family member or friend there that can drive you home.

At discharge you will be given instructions explaining follow-up care needed and return appointments that you will need to schedule.

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