Preparing for Surgery
Can I eat or drink before surgery?
No. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery, unless your doctor instructs otherwise. This includes any type of food, gum, liquids, water, chewing tobacco, etc. Food or other substances in your stomach can cause serious complications with anesthesia. If you eat or drink after midnight before your admission, your surgery could be canceled.
Can I take my regular medications before surgery?
If you take medication on a regular basis for any conditions, discuss with your doctor if you should take it the day of surgery.
Why do I need to be at the hospital one hour before my surgery?
To ensure that we are fully prepared for your stay, we like to be thorough in our admissions process. Paperwork must be completed, and lab work may be required prior to surgery. Pre-op nurses conduct a patient assessment, and your physician and/or anesthesiologist will visit with your prior to your procedure.
What should I bring with me?
For those scheduled for an overnight stay, you can bring personal clothing and items to make your stay more comfortable, such as pajamas, gowns, a robe, slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries. You will be asked to bring any medications you are currently taking from home, including any over the counter or herbal medications, for identification purposes. It is very important that we know each medication you are currently taking, the dosage, and how often you take the medication.
During Your Stay
How long will my surgery last?
The length of each surgery varies. This may be discussed with your physician and timeframe may be approximated.
How long will I be in the hospital?
The length of stay varies with each patient and type of procedure. For most inpatient surgeries you will be in the hospital overnight and will be discharged the following morning. With more extensive surgeries, you may be in the hospital 3-4 days. Your physician can give you an approximate time frame for your hospitalization.
Can my family stay with me overnight?
In our private rooms we do have sleeper sofas, however, we do not have any bathing facilities for families staying at the hospital. Bathrooms are for patient use only. We do not allow anyone under the age of 18 to stay in the patient rooms overnight and we can accommodate only one guest per patient. Special exceptions may be made by notifying us.
What time will I be able to leave?
As soon as your doctor writes the discharge order. Most discharges are done in the morning, but can vary based on availability of the physician. We ask that you make pre-arrangements to have your family or a responsible adult pick you up and drive you home. Some insurance companies calculate hospital time by the minute and hour, so if you are dismissed and stay longer waiting for a ride, your insurance company may not pay for the extra hospital time.
Will I need blood for my surgery?
Probably not, but if you do, your doctor will let you know in advance and offer self donation to you if possible. Your doctor will instruct you on donating your own blood.
When will I be up and walking following back surgery?
You will be up and walking the evening of surgery or the following morning if you had a late surgery.
Will I need to go to a skilled Nursing or Rehabilitation facility after my discharge?
Most patients are able to go straight home. Sometimes patients may need 2-3 weeks of a skilled rehabilitation facility. Some patients need a front wheel walker or home physical therapy but hospital case management will work with patient/family/insurance company to arrange.