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Getting Ready for Surgery

 

Your physician has scheduled you for surgery at Doctors Hospital. Your doctor will give you instructions concerning your surgery. 

We want you to have the following information to help you prepare for your procedure, and to help you feel more comfortable about what will happen to you in the hospital.

Here’s what you need to know about getting ready:

  • Call 786-308-3730 the day before the procedure between 3-4 p.m. to confirm the time of surgery.
    (If surgery is scheduled for Monday, call on Friday.)
  • Do not eat or drink anything (not even water) after midnight, except to take your routine blood pressure medicine with a sip of water the morning of the surgery.
  • Do not wear eye makeup or contact lenses.
  • Leave personal belongings – such as money, credit cards and jewelry – at home.
  • Dress comfortably, preferably in clothing with buttons, and wear low heels.
  • Make sure a responsible adult is available to take you home after surgery.

  • Upon your arrival
    Please come to the Surgery Center at the time given to you by the hospital staff. (Take elevator B to the second floor and make two left turns to the nursing station.) The nursing staff would like you to know the following:

  • A nurse or staff member will verify your name and date of birth and will apply your hospital identification bracelet.
  • How long you stay in the Recovery Room will be determined by your needs. We’ll make sure that those who are concerned about you are kept informed of your progress. (The staff in the Recovery Room and the waiting area provides this information to your loved ones.)
  • If you are an outpatient, you will be taken back to the Surgery Center and discharged from there. If you are admitted to the hospital, you will be moved to your assigned room.
  • You will be escorted to your assigned room, where you will change into a hospital gown. Please remove all clothing.
  • If ordered by your surgeon, the area of your body where surgery will be performed will be shaved and prepared for the procedure.
  • An IV (a thin tube) will be inserted into a vein in your arm, or elsewhere, so that medications and necessary fluids can easily be given to you.
  • It is not unusual to feel cold while in the Surgery Center area. If you need extra blankets, just ask the staff.
  • When ready, you will be taken to the holding area for final preparations before surgery.

  • What happens in the Recovery Room
    After your surgery is over, you will be moved to the Recovery Room, where nurses will provide the special care required by patients who have received anesthesia. The Recovery Room is under the medical supervision of the Anesthesiology Department. The anesthesiologists work together with the nursing staff to ensure your safety and comfort.
    
    The anesthesiologist will give a complete report on your surgery and your condition to the Recovery Room nurse.
    Specially trained nurses will closely monitor your condition. Due to the anesthesia administered for surgery, you may not remember all that happens while you are in Recovery.
    
    How long you stay in the Recovery Room will be determined by your needs. We’ll make sure that those who are concerned about you are kept informed of your progress. (The staff in the Recovery Room and the waiting area provides this information to your loved ones.)
    
    If you are an outpatient, you will be taken back to the Surgery Center and discharged from there. If you are admitted to the hospital, you will be moved to your assigned room.

    After your surgery
    Be sure to follow any specific instructions from your surgeon or nurse. The following are some general instructions to follow after your surgery:

  • Diet – Start with clear liquids. Advance to full liquids, such as soup, and gradually resume your normal diet. Unless you are told to restrict fluids, lots of fluids are encouraged.
  • Activity – Move about as instructed by your surgeon. You may have some discomfort at first, but this should get better as you become more active. Remember that rest is also important in order for your body to heal.
  • Medication – Take your medication as directed. Avoid alcohol while taking pain medication. Avoid driving or operating machinery, as drowsiness may occur. Check with your surgeon before taking any over-thecounter drugs. If you were taking medications prior to surgery, ask your regular physician when to resume them.
  • Incision and dressing care – Keep your dressing clean and dry. Your surgeon will tell you when you may shower. Notify your surgeon if you notice a foul odor from your incision, an increase in swelling or drainage, or if you develop a fever.
  • Follow-up care – This is critical to successful surgery. Verify your return visit to your physician at the time of discharge. You will receive instructions specific to your surgery.Remember to check with your physician regarding any questions that may arise at home.

  • Leaving the hospital
    Specific instructions from your surgeon/physician will be given to you before you leave the hospital. When your physician says you may leave the hospital, we will work with you to assure a prompt discharge. Remember to have a trusted adult ready to drive you home. 

    If you have any questions, talk to your doctor, or call us at 786-308-3860.