The Day of Surgery

Important information for surgical patients

The Day of Surgery

On the day of your surgery, our staff will do everything we can to make you comfortable. Please review this page to understand the timeline of your surgery day, as well as requirements and recommendations.

Please bring the following on your surgery day:

Please note: if you are unable to keep your appointment or you are delayed, please contact the Center immediately.

Surgery Day Requirements & Recommendations

Please bring:

  • Photo ID – You are required to bring your driver’s license or photo identification card, and health insurance cards or forms with you.
  • A list of your current medications
  • Insurance information and card – Depending on your insurance, you may also be asked to bring your co-pay, coinsurance, or deductible.
  • If applicable, bring the following items with you:
    • Contact lenses or eyeglasses in a protective case
    • Dentures
    • Hearing aid
    • Crutches or walker

Other information

  • All jewelry must be removed prior to surgery. Therefore, it is best to leave all jewelry and other valuables at home or with a family member.
  • Choose low-heeled shoes and loose, comfortable clothing which is easy to put on and take off. Avoid garments that pull over your head. Sleeves and legs should be loose enough to fit over bandages if necessary.
  • Remove all make-up, nail polish and your contact lenses, if you wear them.

FAQ About Surgery Day

When should I arrive?

During your preoperative interview, you will be instructed about what time to arrive at the Center.

Where do I check in?

Please check in at the front desk upon arrival to register.

What happens after I check in?

A nurse will then escort you into the preoperative area where your pulse, temperature, respiration, and blood pressure will be taken. You will be asked to change into a gown provided by the Center, and your clothes will be placed in a secured location until you are ready to be discharged.

Will I see my surgeon before the surgery begins?

Yes. Both your anesthesiologist and surgeon will visit with you prior to surgery. Depending on the type of surgical procedure and other factors, you will be transported via stretcher into the operating suite for your procedure and anesthesia will be administered there.

Where do I recover after my surgery is completed?

After your procedure is completed, you will be moved to a recovery area until you are ready to go home. Here, you will be given something to drink and a visitor may join you.

Can I bring my children to the surgery center?

Children must not be left unattended in the waiting room, and will not be permitted in restricted areas for their own safety and the safety of our patients. If you choose to bring children along to the Center, please be sure that they have adequate supervision.

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