- What do I need to bring with me on the day of surgery?
- What should I wear on the day of the surgery?
- Am I responsible for a co-pay?
- Can I eat or drink on the morning of surgery?
- Should I take my normal morning medication?
- What medication should I stop prior to surgery?
- Can I drive home after my surgery?
- What time is my surgery?
- Can someone stay with me overnight?
- What happens if I feel sick in the days prior to my surgery?
What do I need to bring with me on the day of surgery?
Please bring your driver’s license or a recent photo ID and insurance card(s) so we can make a copy of them for your health records.
If your surgery requires you to stay overnight, you may bring an overnight bag with your personal necessities, including comfortable clothing and toiletries.
Please bring crutches, walkers, slings, etc., f you need them for your scheduled procedure. If you do not have this equipment, our hospital staff will fit you with the necessary item, which will be billed to your insurance carrier. If the item is not covered by your insurance, you will be responsible for the cost of the item.
What should I wear on the day of the surgery?
Please wear loose-fitting clothing that can be easily removed. Please leave jewelry and valuables at home, including any piercings. We are not responsible for lost valuables.
Am I responsible for a co-pay?
Yes. Be prepared to pay applicable co-pays per your insurance. We verify your insurance benefits and contact you prior to surgery with your co-pay amount. You are responsible for the full payment of your co-pay upon registration. We accept cash, cashier checks, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
Can I eat or drink on the morning of surgery?
You may have clear liquids up to four hours prior your arrival and a light meal may be eaten up to eight hours prior to your surgery. Essentially, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery, unless otherwise instructed.
Should I take my normal morning medication?
Yes. Take your morning medication with a small sip of water, unless otherwise instructed by your physician. If you are diabetic, you will be instructed on how to take this medication from the nurse who calls you the night before surgery with your arrival time.
What medication should I stop prior to surgery?
Please stop taking any blood thinning medication five days prior to surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your physician. Blood thinning medications include aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, Advil, ibuprofen; herbal products fish oil, vitamin E, and omegas; Coumadin, Ticlid, Plavix, Arixtra, etc.
Prior to surgery, your surgeon consults with your prescribing doctor to determine when it’s appropriate to stop your blood thinning medication.
Can I drive home after my surgery?
No. Please have a responsible adult available to transport you to and from our hospital.
If you are a minor, a parent and/or guardian must remain in the building the entire time you are present.
What time is my surgery?
A nurse from our hospital will contact you the day prior to surgery (typically between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.) with your time to report to the hospital. If your surgery is scheduled for a Monday, you will be contacted the Friday before your surgery.
Can someone stay with me overnight?
Absolutely. A comfortable pullout sofa is available in each patient room if a spouse or family member would like to stay the night with you following surgery.
What happens if I feel sick in the days prior to my surgery?
Please notify your physician if you develop severe cough or flu-like symptoms in the days prior to your surgery. We may need to postpone your surgery.