What to Expect When You Arrive for Your Surgery
When you arrive to the hospital, go to the front desk to check in. After you check in, you will be taken to an area for our staff to get you ready for surgery. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns while you are being prepared for surgery, tell your surgery team. All your questions are important, please ask us and let us help you. Other things you can expect after arriving to the hospital include:
- You will be given a hospital gown and slippers.
- Visitors can stay here with you. This area is small, we ask that only two or three family members or friends visit at one time.
- If you have trouble hearing, please let your surgery team know. They will make sure you understand all your instructions and any other important information.
- To prevent germs that could cause infection:
- Your surgical team will wear special clothing and scrub their hands and arms before entering the operating room.
- The room has an advanced filter system to keep the air clean.
- The healthcare staff will ask you to use antibacterial wipes to clean your entire body, not just the area of your surgery.
- A member of the surgery team may need to clip the hair around your surgical site (when needed).
- Your surgical team will ask you many times to state your name and birth date. This is for your safety and ensures that the medicines and tests you receive before surgery are correct.
- Healthcare staff will ask you to point to the area of the procedure surgery site on your body. This will ensure that the surgical site is correct. Your surgeon will then mark the area with a washable pen or give you a bracelet to wear.
- Your visitors can stay in the waiting room during your surgery.
- You will be asked to use the bathroom right before surgery.
For female patients only: If you have had your menstrual period within the last year, you may be asked to give a urine sample for urine pregnancy testing the day of your procedure. If you are in the waiting room the day of your procedure and meet this criteria, please talk
to a receptionist or a staff member before emptying your bladder in the restroom.