What to Expect - Inpatient Surgery
For your health and safety, it is important you follow these instructions or your surgery may be postponed or cancelled:
- Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your physician. We suggest you have a light snack before you go to bed.
- If you develop a cold, fever, sore throat or infection prior to surgery, please notify your surgeon immediately.
- If you take any medications especially for diabetes, hypertension, or heart problems, ask your doctor when to take them and how much to take before your surgery.
- Bring all prescribed medications (including inhalers) in their original containers.
- Wear clean, loose fitting clothing. You will be asked to change into a gown before surgery.
- Wear your hearing aid and/or glasses. If you wear contacts, please bring a case.
- Do not wear jewelry or bring any valuables.
- Do not wear make up, especially mascara or lotion.
- Remove all body piercings.
- Bring your insurance information. Workers’ compensation cases must provide all claim information, including the date of injury.
- Smokers should not smoke for 24 to 48 hours before surgery to enhance breathing.
Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems will supply you with sufficient bed clothing for your stay here. However, if you would like to bring your own pajamas and a bathrobe to feel more comfortable, you may do so. You will want to bring some personal items with you such as:
· Toothbrush and toothpaste
· Small change
· Shaving equipment
When not in use, fragile items such as dentures or eyeglasses should be kept in a protective container and labeled appropriately to prevent them from getting misplaced or broken.
We urge you not to bring valuables with you to the hospital. We encourage patients to bring only those personal items necessary for optimal patient care. MCHHS is not responsible for broken or lost eyeglasses or lenses. Please also leave all valuables such as large amounts of cash, expensive jewelry and credit cards at home. If you do bring such items, ask a nurse to see that these items are placed securely.
Please bring a list of medications you are currently taking, doctor’s orders, laboratory results or any medical records your physician asked you to bring.
· Bathe or shower to reduce the chance of infection
· Be at the facility at the time given to you. Your surgery could be postponed if you do not arrive in adequate time.
· You will be asked to arrive 1 ½ to 2 hours before your surgery and check in the front entrance of the hospital and report to admissions.
· The nursing staff will greet you at the nurses station and admit you to a patient room
· A nurse and nurse anesthetist will evaluate your condition in a pre-operative surgical bay before surgery
· When you go to surgery, your family will be asked to wait in the waiting room. After your surgery, the physician will talk with the family in the private consultation room.
After surgical procedures, pain is often expected and inevitable. However, post-operative pain can be minimized with the help of medication prescribed by your doctor.
Before surgery, you may discuss pain management options with your surgeon or nurse anesthetist, who will help you better prepare for your post-operative healing.
All patients receive individualized instructions for follow-up care. Your recovery depends on the type of surgery you have and your general health. A nurse will give discharge instructions with you and your escort before you leave the hospital.