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Day Of Surgery

• Please bring a list of medications and/or supplements that you are taking that includes the dose and schedule.
• Do not eat or drink, including coffee and/or water, after 12 midnight the evening before your surgery.
• You will be instructed by your physicians or PAT nurse as to which medications to take on the morning of your surgery.
• Please bathe and brush your teeth on the morning of your surgery, but be careful not to swallow.
• Do not wear any jewelry the day of the surgery,including wedding rings and body piercings.
• Do not wear any makeup, and remove all nail polish.
• Wear loose-fitting, easily cleaned clothing or pajamas that won’t irritate your incision.
• Please be available by phone on the day of your surgery in case there would be a change in your time of arrival.
• You will need to arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to your surgery, during your surgery, to drive you home, and to stay with you for 24 hours after your surgery.
• You may not drive yourself home.

Please note, our pastoral care staff is available to assist you with their presence and address your spiritual needs before surgery, offering comfort and hope. Feel free to inform your nurse if you would like your spiritual needs addressed before your surgery and one of our chaplains will be honored to offer you this important ministry.

What to Expect
• For your safety, you will be asked the same questions several times throughout your stay, including name, date of birth, medications, allergies and the procedure you are scheduled to have.
• Once you have checked in, you will be taken to the Pre-Operative Area where you will prepare for surgery. An identification bracelet will be placed on your wrist as well as an allergy bracelet, if applicable.
• Family members that you have designated to recieve information will be given a code number. No information will be given by staff members to family without a code number.
• A parent or guardian will need to accompany their child scheduled for surgery to the Pre-Operative Area.
• You will meet your surgeon, the anesthesiologist and the Operating Room staff in The Pre-Operative Area.
• Your nurses and your surgeon will ask you to verify the procedure to be performed and may place a mark on or near the procedure site, if appropriate.
• You will then be taken to the Operating Room, which has been prepared with sterile instruments and supplies to prevent infection.
• While your surgery is taking place, your family and/or support person will be asked to remain nearby. Hospital staff will ask for a cell phone number to contact your family and/or support person should they leave the waiting room. No information will be given without the code number.

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