Instructions for Surgery
Highlands Regional Medical Center provides high quality care to our patients who require a surgical procedure. While in our care, you can trust that we will do everything we can to ensure that your experience is a positive one. However, there are some important steps you can take on your own to make your stay more comfortable while undergoing surgery. We ask that you carefully follow the instructions listed below, as they are set forth for your convenience.
Parking & Arrival. Patients reporting for outpatient surgery may park in the designated parking lot located in the front of our hospital. Please use the main entrance to the hospital located near the cafeteria.
Upon arrival, please report to the guest services desk where a representative will escort you to the outpatient surgery area. Prior to your procedure you will speak with a surgical nurse and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your concerns. This interview will take place either over the telephone or during a pre-operative visit to the Medical Center scheduled by your surgeon.
Food and Beverage Consumption. It is extremely dangerous to undergo anesthesia with either food or liquid in your stomach. That is why it is critical that you have nothing to eat or drink after 12 midnight the night before your surgery. Your stomach must be kept empty, including no gum, mints or hard candy. When you brush your teeth, do not swallow the water. In addition to avoiding potentially dangerous complications with anesthetics, the risk of a post-operative nausea reaction will be greatly reduced if your stomach is empty. Please be advised that your surgery will be canceled if you do not follow these instructions.
Children 6 years or under: No solid food or milk after midnight. However, small amounts (less than ½ glass) of water or clear liquids (such as apple juice) would be acceptable until 4 AM the morning of surgery if absolutely necessary.
Do not smoke, use chewing tobacco or snuff the evening prior to and the morning of surgery.
Medications. On the morning of surgery, take your Heart, Blood Pressure, and/or Breathing Medications as directed with a sip of water. Do not take Fluid Pills the morning of surgery. Stop Anticoagulant (blood thinners) and aspirin type medications five to seven days before surgery if directed to do so.
For Diabetics: DO NOT take any insulin or blood sugar lowering drugs unless your doctor has specifically told you to take them on the morning of surgery.
If you have any questions about which medications you should or should not take prior to your surgical procedure, please contact your physician.
Please prepare a list of your current medications, including over-the-counter medications, and bring it with you on the day of your pre-operative visit and/or day of surgery.
Family / Caregiver Support. A responsible adult should accompany you to the hospital, remain with you, and then drive you home. In addition we strongly recommend that a responsible adult also stay with you for 24 hours following surgery.
We invite your family members or friends to stay with you in the Out-Patient Department until you are ready to go into the operating room.
Parents are allowed to stay with small children until surgery time. Once the patient has gone into surgery, the family member or friend may wait in the outpatient waiting area. The doctor will come and talk to them as soon as your procedure is over.
Clothing & Personal Items. We recommend that you dress comfortably, preferably a loose fitting shirt or blouse that opens down the front.
Please be advised that all jewelry and contact lenses must be removed before surgery. Please leave these items at home to prevent them from being lost or misplaced. Remember to bring a case for your glasses. A denture cup will be provided.
Take a shower or bath and wash your hair the night before or the morning of your surgery. Get a good night's sleep before your operation. Do not wear make-up, nail polish, artificial nails or eyelashes. Do not bring any valuables with you (including credit cards, etc.).
Please bring your insurance card to the hospital with you on the day of your pre-operative visit and/or the day of your surgery.
You may wish to bring something to read or do while you wait. Children can bring their favorite toy or book with them.
If you are experiencing any health changes such as cold or flu, or increased temperature, please contact your surgeon's office.
Please call 886-7511 or 1-800-533-4762 ext.7551 between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM one business day before your surgery is scheduled to confirm the time of your surgery. It is important that you contact us as it is possible that changes in the operating room schedule may be made in the days before your surgery.
REPORT TO OUTPATIENT REGISTRATION THE MORNING OF SURGERY
Outpatients (who are discharged the day of their surgery) receive a follow-up phone call from a registered nurse one or two days after discharge. During the call, patients and care givers have the opportunity to ask questions about diet, medications, exercise and other aspects of recovery. We want to make sure you are doing well and following your doctor's instructions.
WE, THE STAFF OF HIGHLANDS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ARE GLAD YOU CHOSE US TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SURGICAL NEEDS DURING THIS IMPORTANT TIME. At any time, feel free to contact us at the above telephone number with questions regarding your planned surgery. Our business hours are 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.