Preparing for Surgery
Eating Before Surgery
- If you are having a morning surgery, make sure you have NOTHING to eat or drink after midnight. Follow your physician's orders on when to stop eating and drinking for afternoon surgery.
- Do not smoke, chew gum, or eat mints after midnight.
- Make sure you take your heart medications and blood pressure medications the day of your surgery with a SIP of water. If you are on insulin, CONTACT THE PHYSICIAN who handles this, and follow their instructions.
- Bring a list of your medications. Include dose, time, frequency, and pharmacy phone number (this includes over-the-counter medications and vitamins you take regularly). Leave ALL medications at home.
- If you are taking a blood thinner or aspirin and have not mentioned this to your surgeon, please call them (includes ibuprofen and baby aspirin). Tell your surgeon about ALL medications you take daily (including diet pills).
Clothing for Your Hospital Stay
- If your physician has told you that you will be able to wear shorts and a sports bra to surgery, make sure they have no metal or nylon (zippers, snaps, etc.) on them. If they do, we will have to ask you to remove them. Wear baggy, comfortable clothes so they can fit over your surgical dressings.
- Bathe or shower the morning of surgery.
- Remove all makeup and nail polish.
- Leave ALL jewelry and valuables at home.
- Leave your contact lenses at home.
Lab Work and X-rays
- Be sure to bring any paperwork your doctor gave you, such as test results or your medical history.
- Make sure that copies of your blood tests, EKG, or x-ray reports ordered for your surgery are faxed to Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center at 634-0005.
Bringing a driver
- If you are having general anesthesia, or sedation, you MUST have an adult escort (18 or older). It is Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center policy that you cannot take a cab, or drive yourself home. Your surgery will be cancelled if you do not have an adult escort.
Accompanying family members
- Please limit the number of people with you. DO NOT bring children. Children under the age of sixteen (16) cannot be left unattended in the waiting room.
- If you must drive some distance, bring some pillows. If you are having surgery on your arm or leg, you will need to keep it elevated to reduce swelling and pain.
- Notify your surgeon if you might be pregnant.
- Most patients are ready to leave within one to three hours.
- It is perfectly normal to feel discomfort in the area of your surgery. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness, depending on the kind of anesthesia you received.
- In the final recovery area, your companion may rejoin you.
- You will be asked to complete a questionnaire at home on the care you received. Your comments will help us continue to improve our services and provide the finest elective surgery in this area.
When the Patient is a Child
Recognizing that it can be a tense time when a child needs surgery, we have provided an attractive and reassuring atmosphere for both children and parents. We recommend:
- Bringing the child to visit the Center prior to the day of surgery.
- Making sure the child follows the limitations on food and drink before arriving at the Center on the day of surgery.
- Bringing along a favorite toy or blanket for added reassurance.
If you are admitted
- Only one family member may spend the night in your private room. NO CHILDREN are allowed to spend the night with patients.
- Visiting hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Please do not sit or lie on clean unoccupied beds.
- Check-out time is 10:00 a.m.
- Not ALL patients receive home health or go to a skilled nursing unit after surgery. This is determined on an as-needed basis. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, your physician, and the staff work together in assessing your needs postoperatively.
- Bring all your prescription medications with you in their original pharmacy bottle. We will dispense your medications for you; however, we need the original container to properly identify the medication, dose, and frequency of use. It is very important that we see the original bottle. All your medications will be returned to you on your day of dismissal.
- Our cafeteria hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Please let us know upon arrival to KSRC about any special needs you might have.