Day of Surgery Guide
After your surgery is scheduled at Augusta Health, you will
- Receive a call from a registrar to begin the registration process. You will need your insurance card to complete this process.
- Based on your procedure and health history, you may receive a call from the Pre-Admission Testing Nurse to review your health history. You will need information about your medical history and medication list to complete this call. This call may take up to 45 minutes to complete
- Your will receive your arrival time 2 business days prior to your procedure date. If you have not received a call or need clarification of arrival time, please call (540) 332-4280 (OR scheduling office).
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. Your escort should park in the Lot A. Valet parking is available through the Main Entrance (7am-5pm). If this service is needed, we encourage you to use it. Upon entering the Patient Entrance, take the elevator to the 2nd floor. Please proceed to the surgery registration desk.
Please arrive at the Outpatient Surgery Department at your scheduled time and sign in at the registration desk.
Before Your Surgery
Please follow these instructions regarding eating and drinking prior to surgery unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon:
- If your arrival time is 5:45 to 12:00, NOTHING after midnight to eat or drink
- If your arrival time is after 12:00, 4 oz. only of CLEAR liquids (water or apple juice ONLY) up to 4 hours prior to arrival time.
On the day of your surgery please:
- Take your medications on the morning of your procedure as directed by your doctor or the preadmission nurse with just enough water to swallow. DO NOT chew gum, have hard candy or use tobacco products
- Bring your insurance card and two forms of identification
- Bring any special medical equipment from home that you may need (i.e. CPAP machine, crutches, walker, etc.)
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes and flat shoes
- Remove all jewelry before arriving at the hospital including hair clips, pins and all body piercings
- Please remove makeup and nail polish prior to arrival
Do not bring large suitcases, jewelry or other valuables (e.g. money, credit cards, cell phones)
In the Preoperative Area, you will
- Change into a hospital gown. You will be given a plastic bag for your clothing.
- Your vital signs and an assessment will be completed by a Pre-Op nurse
- Have an intravenous line (IV) started for fluids and medications that need to be given during and after your procedure.
- Meet a member of the operating room staff.
- Have an assessment by the Anesthesiologist, who will discuss a plan of care for your procedure as well as answer questions.
- See your surgeon prior to surgery in the Pre-Op area. Your surgeon can answer any last minute questions at this time.
- Be taken to from the Pre-Op area to the operating room on a stretcher or bed by the anesthesiologist.
Please alert the pre-op nurse of any special needs. Your family will receive instructions on where to wait while you are in surgery. While your family waits, they can view your progress through surgery and recovery by watching the electronic tracker boards located in the waiting areas. Your family can also expect a call from an OR member for surgeries that take more than one hour. Please provide a current, working cell phone number to help us reach your family during this time.
If required, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or Recovery Room where:
- You will be connected to a cardiac monitor and have your vital signs monitored.
- You may receive oxygen until you are awake.
- Warm blankets are provided.
- Medication will be given if you are having pain/discomfort and/or nausea.
Once you are stable and comfortable, you will be transferred to Phase 2 recovery or to an inpatient room. While you are in PACU, your physician or the PACU nurse will update your family or companion regarding your status. Your family or companion will be able to visit you after you are transferred out of the PACU.
Ambulatory Surgery Post-Op (Phase 2 Recovery)
Your length of stay will vary depending on the type of operation, anesthetic and your 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 before you are discharged from the OutPatient Surgery department. These are some general reminders that may apply to you:
- Limit your activities for 24 hours after your surgery.
- Do NOT drive for at least 24 hours after your surgery, while taking narcotics or until allowed by your doctor.
- Complete all medications as directed by your doctor.
- Your memory and judgment may be affected for 24 hours from the medications used during your operation.
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions and restrictions regarding your activities following surgery. Please 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 your surgery, you may contact:
- Your surgeon at his office phone number
- The OutPatient Surgery department at (540) 332-4320
- For after hour emergencies, you may reach your surgeon by having him paged through the hospital operator at (540) 332-4000.
- For emergencies after-hours or during business hours, please proceed to the closest Emergency Room or call 911.
Family and Companion Information
You must have a responsible adult escort you to and from the hospital on the day of your surgery. The person who escorts you will be responsible for your valuables and for taking you home after you are discharged. For your safety, you will not be admitted to or discharged from the Outpatient Surgery 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.