What to Expect at the Hospital
On the Day of Your Surgery or Procedure
Adults are generally asked to arrive 90 minutes to 2 hours before the scheduled surgery or procedure. You will be given an arrival time by your surgeon or during your pre-op appointment.
Your care, comfort and privacy are our main concerns. Our goal is to make sure that your surgery or procedure starts within 30 minutes of the scheduled time. Please know that we will take the time needed to safely and thoroughly care for you, which can sometimes cause delays. We will keep you informed if delays occur.
Take only the medicines that you were instructed to, by your surgeon, with a sip of water.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Bring cases for glasses, contact lenses, and dentures. You will need to remove them before your surgery or procedure.
Do not wear or bring rings, body piercings, other jewelry, electronic devices, cash, credit cards, or checkbooks. If your surgeon has told you that you will be staying overnight, pack a small overnight bag with your personal items.
If you are staying overnight after your surgery, our standard discharge time is 11:00 a.m or earlier. You will be given an anticipated discharge date by your surgeon before your surgery. Arrange for someone to drive you home. Your doctor or nurse will tell you if there is a medical reason for you to stay longer.
Special Needs Services:
Please inform your nurse if you need special services related to language interpretation or impairments in hearing, vision, memory, or mobility. A certified medical interpreter can be scheduled for you if necessary. There is no charge for this service.
Surgical Waiting Area:
During your surgery or procedure, your family and friends may wait in the waiting area. The staff will keep your family and friends well informed.
When your surgery or procedure is completed, you will be moved to the recovery room or Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). You will be monitored closely until you are safe for discharge or moved to a post-operative care unit in the hospital.
Our Concern for Your Comfort
Although there may be some discomfort after surgery or a procedure, keeping your pain under control speeds your recovery. When you are comfortable, you are better able to walk, breathe deeply, and cough.
- Your doctors and nurses will educate you on the pain scale (see below) and ask you to tell them your pain level.
- Do not wait until the pain is severe (very bad) before you ask for pain medicine. We want your pain to remain at an acceptable level for you.
- You can help your doctors and nurses “rate” your pain using the pain scale below. 0 means no pain, and 10 means the worst pain you can imagine.
0-10 Numeric Pain Intensity Scale
0 = No pain
2 = Mild pain
4 = Moderate pain
6 = Severe pain
8 = Very severe pain
10 = Excruciating pain (the worst pain you can imagine)