SURGERY - GENERAL INFORMATION

  


Physical Description of Unit


The Surgery Department is located on the Second Floor of the South Tower near the Emergency Department, Radiology, the Outpatient Surgery Center, and the Lab.


Security of Department


The department is closed to the general public. The doors are badge access only from all entrances.

Recommendations


We recommend bathing and/or showering the 2 nights before your surgery and the morning of your surgery with an antibacterial soap.  This is to reduce your chance of an SSI (Surgical Site Infection).  You will be instructed to not eat or drink (no liquids, water, coffee or foods) for 8 hours prior to your procedure.  As an example, if you have a procedure scheduled at 12:00 noon, you will not be able to eat or drink anything after 4:00 a.m.  Take your normal medications, especially your heart and blood pressure medications, at their normal time with a sip of water.  DO NOT TAKE DIABETIC MEDICATION --consult with your physician.  Blood thinners should be discussed with your surgeon. He/She may decide to hold this medication for a shot period prior to your surgery.  Leave all valuables at home.  Dentures will need to be removed prior to surgery and contacts should be removed in Out Patient surgery.  Bring a storage case for your contacts or glasses for protection.  We encourage you to bring a favorite toy or blanket for your child if this will make them less apprehensive.  Comfortable clothing with easy access is recommended for your convenience.

On the day of surgery, it is important for you to arrive at your scheduled time.  The Registration Desk is located on the first floor of the South Tower.  Once you have completed this registration process, check your identification bracelet to assure that the information is correct.  This is very important as you will be asked to identify yourself numerous times as our staff checks your bracelet during your surgical process.  When you arrive to the second floor, the Out Patient nursing staff will assist

 

A list of things to bring:

    Your medication, or a list of medication you are presently taking, including vitamins and herbs. 
    A list of your allergies. 
    If you have an Advanced Directive or a Living Will, please bring a copy of the document. 
    Any x-ray films, such as mammograms or other procedures, as directed by your physician. 
    Lab work completed recently at another facility. 
    Insurance information 


Helpful Links

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/surgery.html

http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/diagnosis-treatment/surgery/questions/index.html

http://www.facs.org/patienteducation/medications-form.pdf


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