Day of Surgery

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Bring labeled medication bottles and a list of any allergies.
  • Bring your insurance cards and driver’s license for the admissions process.
  • If you have an Advanced Directive, bring a copy with you.
  • Bring any forms, X-rays, or test results your doctor may have given you.
  • If you wear glasses, contact lenses, or dentures, bring a case to store them.
  • Don’t wear makeup or hairspray.
  • You may be asked to remove nail polish (fingers and/or toes) on the day of surgery.
  • Leave all jewelry at home, including any body piercing items.
  • Don’t bring valuables with you.
  • You will need to provide the name and contact information of a responsible adult who must accompany you home and help you at home as needed. You will not be permitted to drive yourself.
  • Arrive at the instructed time, check in at the Admissions Office in the East Lobby, and receive a wristband for identification. You will be escorted to the appropriate department and prepared for surgery.
  • When you are ready for surgery, your family members will be directed to check-in at the surgical waiting area. They should remain there until contacted by your surgeon, family liaison, or volunteer. A nurse will let them know where they can see you after surgery.

Children have special needs, and there are things you can do to help make your child more comfortable while in the hospital:

 

  • For children under age 18, a parent or guardian must accompany the child.
  • Bring any comfort items, such as a pacifier, stuffed animal, or blanket.
  • Plan to stay with your child before and after surgery.
  • Don’t bring other children.
  • Bring any special formula and medical equipment.
  • You will be given specific information about when to stop food and drink before the surgery.
  • Depending on the unit, a parent or legal guardian is required to stay overnight with children under 16 years of age.