Preparing for Surgery

What Should I Do the Day Before Surgery?

•Do not eat any solid food after midnight on the night before surgery.
•Have a light supper (no fried or fatty foods) on the night before surgery.
•Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before surgery.
•You can have water up to 8 hours before the scheduled time of surgery.
•Take off all piercings and jewelry (including wedding rings).
•Remove nail polish.

What Should I Bring to the Hospital?

Limit the personal things you bring to the hospital.

Only bring the most important items such as:

Medical Items:
•A copy of your Health Care Directives
•Any test results or forms you were told to bring.
•A list of your medications, the doses, and the times you take them.
•Insurance details.

Toiletry Items:
•Comb and brush.
•Razor and shaving cream (electric shaver preferred).
•Body wash or soap (if you want your own brand).
•Toothpaste and toothbrush.
•Denture cleanser and denture cup.
•Deodorant.

Clothing: (You will be getting dressed in your own clothes when you are discharged.)
•Loose-fitting clothing, such as sweats.
•Loose non-slip footwear (such as Velcro tennis shoes).
•Robe
•Underwear.
•Cases for glasses, hearing aids, dentures or contacts.

DO NOT bring valuables to the hospital with you.  You may bring your cell phone.

The Day of Surgery

Leaving For the Hospital

Before leaving for the hospital:
•Please shower using the soap provided as directed. (Please note you may not always be provided with soap.)  Antibacterial soap can be used if you are not provided with other soap.
•Brush your teeth and rinse with water but avoid swallowing the water. Do not chew gum or breath mints.
•Take your daily medication with a small sip of water as soon as you wake. You may take heart, blood pressure, pain medications as instructed by your surgeon and pre-operative screening nurse.
•Do not apply makeup.
•Wear loose fitting clothes which are easily removed. Do not wear boots, high heels, or panty hose.
•Leave jewelry and valuables, such as such as your wedding ring, at home.
•DO NOT use perfume, deodorant, shaving creams, lotions or hair products.
•Bring a small container or case with your name clearly marked to store your eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, or dentures.
•If you use a C-Pap or Bi-Pap machine, bring your machine.

Reporting to the Hospital

Please arrive 90 minutes prior to your scheduled surgery.  The Pre-op Educator will call you to confirm your surgery time the day before surgery.

Report to the Lloyd Olson Surgery Center entrance at 235 State Street,    St. Croix Falls, WI.  You will be directed to registration and check in.

Before Surgery

Pre-operative Preparation
After you meet with the admitting representative, you will be taken to the pre-operative preparation area. You’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown and your clothes will be placed into a plastic bag with your name on it. You will remove your dentures, eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids just before surgery.

The Pre-op nurse will review your medical records, conduct a brief physical evaluation, and take your vital signs (pulse and blood pressure.)  An intravenous line (IV) will be started and you will meet with the anesthetist.  Depending on the type of surgery you are having, your surgeon may verify and mark the surgical site with their initials while you are awake and alert so you can participate in the process.

Surgical Waiting Area
A family member or friend can be with you in the pre-operative preparation area until the time of surgery.  While you’re in surgery, they will wait in the surgical waiting area located just outside the pre-operative preparation area.  They will be given a pager during the admission process.

When the surgery has been completed, the surgery staff will page them and the surgeon will speak to your family/friend in the surgical waiting area.

Family may ask about the surgery and when you will be finished at the surgical waiting desk.  Once you are ready to be moved from the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)/Recovery Room), your family will be notified of your room number and may proceed there to meet you.  Patients are transferred to the Medical/Surgical Unit.  For safety reasons, family is not allowed in the PACU.