At StoneSprings Hospital Center, our goal is to provide you with the best possible care before, during, and after your surgery. You can play an important role in making sure you admission, surgery, and recovery go smoothly. For more information on Preparing for Surgery, click on the link below to view/download our Patient Education Booklet. The information in this booklet is designed to answer many of your questions about preparing for surgery and what to expect on the day of your procedure.
Your Pre-Operative Interview
Once the date of your surgery has been set, you will be contacted by the hospital for your pre-operative interview from a nurse in the Same Day Surgery department. The pre-operative interview can be conducted in-person or over the phone. This provides us with vital information as we prepare for your procedure.
Please have your personal identification, insurance care, list of medications and dosages (including supplements, herbal preparations and vitamins), a summary of your drug allergies and any advanced directives regarding your healthcare ready for either the phone or in-person interview.
During your pre-operative interview, we:
- Gather your medical and surgical history
- Discuss any concerns you may have about your care
- Set the time and place to arrive on your day of surgery
StoneSprings Hospital Center offers you the option to preregister online for surgery. You must complete the online process, including insurance questions, as soon as possible or at least 72 hours before your appointment. Questions that do not apply to your surgery or situation should be answered with NO or an X.
On the day of surgery, enter through the main lobby and check in at the registration desk.
Guidelines – How to Prepare for Your Surgery
Follow these general guidelines to prepare for your surgery at StoneSprings Hospital Center unless you're directed otherwise:
- Stop eating and drinking at midnight the night before your surgery. This includes chewing gum and throat lozenges. You may brush your teeth on the morning of your procedure, but don't swallow water.
- Take your prescribed heart, blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, seizure or pain medications, as discussed with your physician and pre-operative nurse, with just enough water to swallow them.
- Patients with diabetes should not take insulin or any diabetic medication on the day of surgery.
- Talk to your doctor if you're on blood thinners.
- Do not smoke after midnight.
- Bathe or shower prior to your procedure with an antibacterial soap both the night before and the morning of your surgery.
- Don't apply makeup or lotions.
- Wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewelry and body piercings.
- Leave valuables, credit cards and money at home.
- Bring containers for eyeglasses, dentures or hearing aids, and place these items in their containers before entering the operating room.
- Pack a small bag with what you'll need for an overnight stay, including pajamas, slippers and toiletries. You may want to leave these items in the car until you've been assigned an inpatient room number.
- For children having surgery, parents may bring a stuffed toy or security blanket for the child to hold following the procedure.
- If you experience a change in your health–such as a cold, cough or fever–within 24 hours of your scheduled surgery, contact your physician immediately.
Make plans for someone to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.
Your physician will provide additional directions on prepping for your surgery. Check our online Health Library for information about what to expect before, during and after your specific medical procedure.
After Your Surgery
After your surgical procedure:
- Your physician will talk with your designated caregivers about your procedure.
- Depending on the use of anesthetics during your procedure, you may be taken to a post anesthesia care unit (PACU) where your blood pressure will be continuously monitored.
- As your anesthetic wears off, sounds may seem louder than normal and you may experience blurred vision, dry mouth or chills. While these are usually normal responses, tell your nurse how you're affected.
- If you're experiencing pain, a nurse will provide pain medication upon request.
- Your physician or nurse will determine when it's appropriate for you to return home or be moved to a postoperative room to continue your recovery.
- Before you're discharged, you'll receive written instructions about caring for yourself at home, information on who to call with questions about your recovery and a time and date for your follow-up appointment.
Be sure to ask a member of your surgical team if you have questions about preparing for your surgery or postsurgical care.