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Day of Admission

Remember, you can not eat or drink anything after midnight the day of your surgery.Your morning medications can be taken with a small sip of water. Diabetic patients need to check with their primary care physicians for diabetic medication instructions.

What to Bring

  • Any pre-operative imaging studies (MRI, CT, X-ray) that your surgeon may have given you to bring.
  • The uniform for the Spine Academy consists of loose-fitting pants or shorts with an elastic waist that are easy to put on, T-shirts or loose fitting tops and sturdy shoes (such as athletic shoes). These items are necessary for our therapy sessions. The hospital also provides socks with a non-skid surface that patients can wear after surgery.
  • You are encouraged to have a family member bring in your walker, if you have one at home, the day after surgery.
  • Undergarments.
  • Sleepwear and a robe.
  • Personal items (such as toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and make-up).
  • Insurance card, driver’s license or photo ID and any required insurance co-payments.
  • Medication list.
  • A copy of your medical advance directives and/or medical power of attorney.
  • Your Spine Academy patient care notebook.

What Not to Bring

  • Do not bring valuables, jewelry, large sums of money or credit cards.
  • Leave all medications at home. The hospital will provide you with any necessary medications.
  • If you are taking a medication that we do not carry in our pharmacy, we will have you arrange for a family member to bring these medications to the hospital.
  • If you wear contact lenses, you will need to remove them before surgery. Either wear eyeglasses or bring your contact lens holder with you. You will need to wear glasses for at least 48 hours after surgery.
  • Personal electrical appliances, such as hair dryers, electric razors, radios and televisions, are prohibited in the hospital.

Howard County General Hospital cannot be responsible for your personal belongings orliable for the damage or loss of money, jewelry, glasses, dentures, clothing or other articles of value. Please leave your personal belongings at home.

When to Arrive

Plan to arrive at the hospital at least 1 1/2 hours prior to your scheduled surgery. Park in the visitor’s parking area located in front of the hospital. The admitting area is in the Berman Pavilion, located to the right of the hospital. The admitting counselor will complete your admission forms. If you pre-registered, this process will be brief. He/she will direct you to the OR Admitting area, where the final preparations for your surgery will occur.

Preoperative Procedures

The OR Admitting staff will greet you, and you will change for surgery. The preoperative nurse will interview you, review and update your medical history and complete our nursing assessment forms. Your intravenous line (IV) will be started here. An IV is a small tube inserted into your vein that allows us to administer medications. At this time, you will see your surgeon, the anesthesiologist and the OR nurse. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff questions, as they are here to assist you and make you feel comfortable.

You are allowed to have one or two family members/visitors accompany you in the pre-operative waiting area. When you go to the OR, we will direct your visitors to the surgical waiting room.

Updating Your Family After Surgery

When the surgeon finishes the procedure, he/she will look for your family or friends in the surgical waiting room. The surgeon will update them on the outcome of your surgery and answer any questions. Your visitors should remain in the surgical waiting room while you are in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

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