Preparing for Surgery
Once your surgery/procedure date is known and your surgeon has ordered
testing to be completed at the hospital, visit the pre-admission testing
department in the Outpatient Care Center, located at the Starling Street
entrance, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. One of the pre-admission
nurses will complete the testing ordered by the surgeon, as well as the
required health interview.
Please have your surgery date and your surgeon’s name available,
along with your previous medical history and a list of all current medications
you are taking, including the dosage and frequency taken. This list should
include both prescription medications, such as blood pressure and diet
pills, and over-the-counter medications such as vitamins and herbal supplements.
During the interview, the nurse will review your medical history, complete
any labs, X-rays or EKGs ordered by your surgeon, and provide you with
important information needed for you to properly prepare for your surgery/procedure.
If you have had recent testing completed out of town, provide a copy your
test results when you visit your surgeon or fax your results to the physician’s office.
If your surgeon does not require any testing to be completed at the hospital,
a nurse will call you before your surgery date and review your medical
history, your current medications and provide you with important information
needed to properly prepare you for your surgery/procedure.
Please make sure your surgeon is aware of
all medications that you are taking before you go for your lab tests.
You may be asked to either visit pre-admission testing or go to your primary
care physician, so that additional test may be performed. We can perform
tests that your physician orders if your insurance carrier allows the
hospital to do so.
A member of the admission/registration team will make at least three attempts
to contact you to complete your surgery registration and confirm your
contact and insurance information. You may also call us at 912-466-1019
and a member of the team will get back in touch with you prior to your surgery.
If your surgery registration is not completed prior to your in-person
interview in pre-admission testing, a member of the admission/registration
team will complete the registration when you come in for your interview.
If you have a question about this process, please call registration at
In Case of Cancellation
If you develop a cold, fever, persistent cough, infection, and/or become
ill within 46 hours of your surgery or you need to cancel your procedure
for any other reason, call your surgeon and/or the surgery area at 912-466-1777
between 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Preparation for Surgery
Do not eat or drink any food or liquid after midnight the night before
your surgery, unless given specific directions otherwise. A nurse will
tell you which medications to take, if any, with a little water. Failure
to follow eating and drinking restrictions could increase the risk of
complications and lead to cancellation of your surgery.
When in doubt about your instructions for surgery, call Pre-admission testing
between 8 a.m.- 5p.m. at 912-466-5178
To reduce bacteria on your skin:
- Bathe or shower before arriving.
- Do not apply lotion.
- Do not shave your surgical site at home prior to surgery unless instructed to do so.
- Do not wear makeup, jewelry (including body piercings), watches, earrings,
or rings. If you refuse to remove body piercings, there is a possibility
your surgery may be cancelled.
Make Plans for Transportation
You must arrange to have someone drive you home after your surgery. Public
transportation (i.e., taxi) is not a satisfactory method of transportation
after outpatient surgery. You are advised to have someone stay with you
at home for 12 to 24 hours after your surgery.
Your escort is welcome to wait in one of our waiting areas or may pick
you up after you have had time to recover. We suggest you limit the number
of escorts to one or two, and we request that your escort(s) not bring children.
You will need to provide us with phone numbers if the person providing
your transportation needs to be called. If you are being admitted to the
hospital, it is a good idea to bring a small overnight bag with toiletries,
a robe, and slippers. If you have been using splints, slings, or crutches
before the operation, bring them with you.
If the surgery will interfere with your vision or ability to use your
arms, hands, legs, or feet, please make arrangements to have someone accompany you.
Special Instructions for Children
Children preparing for surgery require special attention. Parents should
be aware of dietary restrictions and make sure children follow them exactly,
especially the morning of surgery. You will be given eating and drinking
instructions for your child.
Patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on
the day of surgery or for any required pre-testing during the surgical
process. It is reassuring for children to have a favorite small toy or
familiar item from home.
Before surgery, it is necessary for the parent or legal guardian to sign
all consent forms for children under age 18. One parent may be allowed
in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), at the nurse¹s discretion,
when your child is awake. When it is time to leave the hospital, we suggest
two adults be available in case your child needs comforting or special care.
Day of Surgery
- After you arrive, several members of our staff will ask you questions to
help ensure your safety during surgery.
- You will change into a hospital gown and be provided with a head cover.
- Most patients having anesthesia will receive intravenous (IV) fluids. You
will be taken to the operating room (OR) or procedural area on a stretcher,
in a wheelchair, or may be asked to walk.
- Again, be sure to ask any questions you may have.
- Once you arrive in the OR, one of our team members will help you move onto
an OR bed. You will notice lights over your head, and the room will probably
feel cool. Your nurse and anesthesia provider will explain everything
to you, and they will remain with you during surgery.
- After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room, also known as the
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). You will be monitored until most of
the effects of the anesthesia subside.
- Although some pain can be expected as your body responds to surgery, your
nurse and physician will work closely with you to provide medications
to reduce your pain. Because each patient experiences pain differently,
it is important to let your nurse know about any pain you have.
After You Leave the Hospital
- If you had any sedation, do not drive, operate machinery, drink alcohol,
or make any major decisions for at least 24 hours.
- Plan to rest for at least 12 hours after you get home. It is common to
feel tired, dizzy, sleepy, or slightly nauseated after a surgical procedure.
- For outpatient surgery, you can expect to receive a post-operative follow-up
phone call from our nursing team the next business day after you are discharged.
- You may also be contacted by an independent company conducting patient
satisfaction surveys. We welcome your feedback.