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Day of Surgery Guide

Family and Companion Information

You will need an adult to escort you to and from the hospital on the day of your surgery. If possible, this person should also accompany you to the hospital for the preoperative interview so that he or she can be given instructions as well. The person who escorts you will be responsible for your valuables and clothing, and for taking you home after you are discharged. For your safety, you will not be admitted to or discharged from the Outpatient Surgical Department without an adult as your escort. We also recommend that you arrange for someone to stay with you during the first 24 hours after your surgery.

Arriving at Augusta Health

The Person who escorts you to the hospital may drop you off at the Patient Entrance located in the circle, to the right of the Main Entrance. Upon entering the Patient Entrance, take the elevator to the second floor. The greeter desk is located immediately to the left. The greeter will assist you to the registration desk.

Arrive at the Outpatient Surgery Department at your scheduled time and sign in at the registration desk. Once you are in a preoperative bed, your nurse will prepare you for surgery and answer any questions you may have.

Before Your Surgery

On the Day of Your Surgery

  • Take your medications on the morning of your procedure as directed by your doctor or nurse, with just enough water to swallow.
  • Bring your insurance card, two forms of identification, and your prescription card. You may also want to bring money for prescription co-payments if you plan to have your prescriptions filled while you are in the hospital.
  • Bring any special medical equipment from home that you may need (i.e. CPAP machine, crutches, walker, etc.)
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and flat shoes.
  • Bring your glasses and/or contact lens case.
  • Remove all jewelry before arriving at the hospital, including hair clips, pins, and all body piercings.
  • Please remove all makeup and nail polish prior to arrival.
  • Do not bring large suitcases, jewelry, or valuables of any king such as money, credit cards, etc. You may want to have your family member carry any cash necessary for prescriptions if you plan to get them filled at the hospital.

In the Preoperative Area

  • You will change into a hospital gown and we will provide a plastic bag to keep your clothes in.
  • A nurse will speak with you to perform an assessment and check your vital signs.
  • An intravenous line (IV) will be started so you can receive fluid and medications during and after your operation.
  • The anesthesiologist will perform an assessment, discuss the anesthetic plan of care for your procedure, and answer any questions you may have.
  • You will be taken from the preoperative area to the operating room on a stretcher or bed by the anesthesiologist.
  • Please let your pre-op nurse know of any special needs. Your family will receive instructions on where to wait while you are in surgery.

After Surgery

If required, you will be taken to a post-anesthesia care (recovery) unit. On this unit:

  • A nurse will connect you to a cardiac monitor to check your vital signs. You may receive oxygen until you are awake.
  • Warm blankets will be provided to keep you warm, and medication will be given if you are having discomfort or nausea.
  • Once you are stable and comfortable, you will be transferred to Outpatient Surgery (OPS) post-op or to an inpatient room. While you are in recovery, your physician will visit you after you are transferred out of the recovery room.
  • Ambulatory Surgery Post-Op
    If you are a one-day surgical patient, the amount of time you need to stay in post-op after your operation varies depending on the type of operation, anesthetic, and medical history.

Before you are discharged you will:

  • Be given your choice of water, juice, or a soft drink.
  • Get up and walk a short distance, unless your operation or medical condition prevents you from walking.
  • Be given a discharge instruction sheet.
  • Be given any prescriptions your doctor wants you to take home.
  • Be instructed regarding follow-up care.
  • Be assisted to your vehicle if necessary.

If you are going home after surgery, you must have a responsible adult companion drive you home. You can not drive yourself home after surgery. A bus or cab is not acceptable unless someone you know is with you.

Recovering at Home

Written instructions will be given to you regarding recovery at home. However, here are some general reminders that may apply to you:

  • Limit your activity for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Do not drive for at least 24 hours after your surgery, while taking narcotics, or until your doctor allows.
  • Take all medications only as prescribed.
  • The medication you received during your operation may affect your memory and mental judgment for 24 hours following anesthesia.
  • Your physician will give you specific instructions and restrictions regarding your activities following surgery. Be prepared to ask any questions regarding what your limitations may be after surgery.

Questions at Home

If you have questions, problems, or concerns related to you surgery, you may contact your surgeon at his office numbers or the Outpatient Surgery Department