Patient Guide-Day of Surgery
It's the day of your surgery. Garden City Hospital (GCH) is committed
to providing you with an exceptional surgical experience the moment you
walk in the door through discharge and recovery. Understanding what to
expect the day of surgery can alleviate some of the uncertainty you may
feel. On your scheduled day of surgery, you should:
- bring a picture I.D.
- bring a current list of medications you are taking at home.
- leave all valuables, large amounts of money, and credit cards at home.
- dress in casual, loose-fitting clothing.
Follow the Doctor's Orders
Unless your surgeon or pre-operative nurse told you otherwise, you may
take your morning doses of heart, blood pressure, seizure, anti-anxiety,
chronic pain, reflux, Parkinson’s, antidepressant, or breathing
medications in the morning with a very small sip of water. Patients should
not swallow anything, including the water used to brush your teeth. Patients
scheduled for surgery should not wear make-up, lotion, body powder, jewelry,
contact lenses or body piercings.
Arriving For Surgery
Patients should arrive at the hospital at the time instructed by the Pre-Op Nurse
(approximately 2 hours before your scheduled procedure). This will allow enough time to ready you for surgery. If additional testing
is necessary, it can be done prior to surgery. Your family will be able
to stay with you until you go to the Operating Room. Other things to remember include:
- When you arrive at GCH, enter through the main entrance of the hospital.
Keep to the right of the Information Desk and you will walk into the Surgery
Center waiting area. Please sign in at the reception desk.
- A parent must accompany a minor child.
- If you are going home after surgery, your driver must stay at the hospital
the entire time you are here.
Pre-Surgery Preparation & Visitors
After you sign in at the surgery reception desk:
- You will be called and taken back to the Pre-Op area to get you ready for surgery.
- Once in the pre-op room, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
You must also remove glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, dentures and
hairpieces before you go to the operating room (OR).
- The nurse will review your medical history and take your temperature, blood
pressure and pulse. Be sure to tell the nurse the exact time you last
had anything to eat or drink.
- You will be seen by an Anesthesiologist and your Surgeon prior to going
into the OR.
- While in the pre-op room two adult visitors may be with you at a time.
To maintain your privacy, we may ask visitors to leave the room when we
ask you personal questions about your health. Visitors may not go with
you when you are moved to the OR.