Preparing for a procedure
This information has been prepared to assist you in preparing for a procedure with our doctors. This information serves as a guide. If you have received different instructions from our doctors, please follow those carefully.
You will receive a phone call from a nurse in the admissions testing center. She will interview you about your general health and any medications and their dosages that you are taking. Please give them your prescription and over the counter medicines. Their number is 410-502-9340.
- Many patients find it helpful to change their diet before surgery. Eat light foods for a couple of days before the surgery and drink liquids the day before. You should have a good bowel movement the day before surgery. To ensure that you do, you can user a fleet enema or a mild laxative (i.e. Senokot® or Milk of Magnesia® ). This will assist you with less post-operative gas or intestinal discomfort.
- It is important that you get a good night's sleep before your surgery. If you find you are nervous or anxious the night before your surgery you can take an over the counter sleeping aid such as Tylenol PM®, Benadryl® or Sominex®. If you are already on a nerve medicine, i.e. Valium, please contact your primary care doctor for instructions.
- You may bring a robe and slippers for your overnight surgery. You may also bring your pajamas, but for the first few days you will need to wear a hospital gown. You will be given a personal supply basket with toothbrush, toothpaste, and other personal items. This is yours to keep. Please DO NOT bring any valuables with you to the hospital. The hospital does have a safe to store valuables in the security department but we strongly suggest they be left at home.
- The day of surgery you should report to the admitting office in the lobby of the main hospital. You should bring your insurance cards and a picture ID.
- Admitting representatives will escort you to the pre-op holding area and your family members to the waiting area on the ground floor. In the holding area the nursing staff, anesthesia and the PA or resident will again interview you. Your family will be allowed to join you in the holding area until you are ready to go into the operating room.
- Once the doctor has completed your surgery he or she will speak to your family members in the waiting room.