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Pre-Surgical Instructions

Pre-Surgical Instructions

Thank you for choosing Outpatient Services at Redmond Regional Medical Center for your procedure. We will work together with you and your significant others to insure this is a positive experience. Ask questions if you have any concerns.

How to prepare for your surgery:

Your cooperation is important to help insure your safety and comfort. Please follow these instructions:

  • You should bring all the medicines that you are taking at home in with you on the day of your procedure/surgery. (Not a list) Do not take any medicines the morning of your procedure unless instructed to do so by your physician, the Anesthesiologist, or nurse.

  • Do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight of the day before your procedure. (This includes chewing gum, drinking water, and use of all tobacco products). The reason for this rule is because food and fluids in the stomach and cause vomiting during your procedure. Your procedure is likely to be cancelled if you forget to follow this instruction.

  • You may brush your teeth and rinse your mouth, but do not swallow.

  • Leave all jewelry and other valuables at home or with your family.

  • Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to take off and put on. You will wear a hospital gown during surgery. Wear low heel shoes.

  • Do not wear any eye or facial make-up.

  • If you wear dentures, a partial plate, contact lenses, or any other prosthesis, you will be asked to remove them before your procedure. (Don't forget to bring your contact lens case if you wear contacts).

  • Do not smoke for one week before and one week after your procedure. Smoking increases the risks of general anesthesia and interferes with wound healing.

  • Call your doctor is you have a fever, cold, rash, or any other illness before your procedure.

  • Take a bath or shower the morning of your procedure. You may also brush your teeth or use mouthwash. Do not swallow anything.

  • If you will be unable to keep your appointment for your procedure, please notify your doctor as soon as possible. If you will be late, please call your doctor and the Outpatient Services Department at 802-3085.

  • About medications for Vascular patients:

    -Vascular patients only-
    Continue taking aspirin as directed by your physician.

    -All other patients-
    Do not take any aspirin or aspirin-containing drugs for one week prior to your procedure, unless your doctor tells you to.
    Aspirin-containing drugs include: Emprin, Ecotrin, APF Arthritis Pain Formula Bayer, Buffeirn, Ascriptin, Alka Seltzer and ones that contain Salicylates.

  • Talk to your doctor if you take Valium, Motrin, or Indocin.

  • If you take insulin or any other medicines on a daily basis, tell your doctor.

  • If you take glucophage tell your doctor or nurses.

  • If you are taking a blood thinner such as Coumadin, tell your doctor, the Anesthesiologist, and the nurses in the Outpatient Services Department.

  • Please bring all your medicines on the day of your procedure.

The day of your procedure:

  • Any family members coming to the hospital must not be sick.

  • Arrive in the Outpatient Services Department at the time your doctor tells you to.

  • You will be given a hospital gown to wear when you arrive.

  • If ordered by your doctor, you may get medicines either by mouth, injection, or through an IV to help you relax.

  • The nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature and talk with you.

  • The surgical area may be washed and shaved.

  • The Anesthesiologist will talk with you about the anesthesia you will get in surgery, if he did not get to talk with you at the pre-op visit.

  • Your family must keep the staff informed if they leave the hospital. We encourage your family to wait in the surgical waiting area.

  • After you leave the Outpatient Services department, you will go to the pre-op holding area where an IV will be inserted in order to give you fluids and medications. An IV consists of a small plastic tube over a needle that is inserted into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle is removed once the cathlon (tube) is in place. The cathlon will be secured with tape to prevent it from being dislodged. It will be attached to the IV fluids and the medication can be given through it. You will keep the IV until you are drinking fluids without nausea or vomiting.

  • You may have oxygen started either in the Outpatient Services department, in the pre-op holding area, or in the operating room. Do not be alarmed if you wake up in the recovery room area with an oxygen mask on your face. This is normal. It will be removed once it is not needed.

Once you are ready to leave the recovery room, usually in one to two hours, you will go to one of the following:

  • After your procedure and when you are awake and oriented you will be returned to the Outpatient Services department. You will be discharged home for further recovery, after drinking liquids and getting dressed.

  • After you are awake and oriented, you may need more time for control of pain or nausea or for further observation by the nurses. If so you will be sent to the Outpatient discharge unit.

  • You may be taken to the inpatient floors for continued care after your procedure for further recovery for one to several days.

  • After surgery you can expect:

    • To feel tired and weak for the first day or so.

    • To need some help for the first day or so at home.

    • To have some bruisng around the incision.

    • To have a dressing over the incision.

    • To feel some discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe pain medicine for the discomfort.

    Cigarette smoking
    This is surely your greatest health problem! The facts are clear that cigarette smoking will shorten your life, cause delayed healing and lung problems. Smoking can cause a great deal of illness along the way. If you need help quitting, talk to your regular doctor.

    Seatbelts
    There is no doubt that seatbelts save lives. Every day people without seatbelts are more severely hurt. Buckle up to reduce your chance of injury.