Howard County General Hospital cares about you and your surgical experience. We want to be sure you have the most successful procedure possible. The best way to prepare for it is to take care of yourself, get plenty of rest and familiarize yourself with these instructions. We are committed to ensuring that your brief stay with us is safe, uncomplicated, convenient and successful. This information includes key instructions and helpful hints to help prepare you for your visit. We thank you in advance for taking the time to review this information carefully.
If you have questions or concerns, please call our preoperative nurse at 410-884-4526.
Before Your Surgery
- Please arrange for an adult to drive you home from the hospital. For your safety, if you are having an outpatient procedure, an adult must remain with you for 24 hours after surgery. If you do not make these arrangements, we would be happy to work with you to reschedule your procedure for a date on which you can meet these important requirements.
- Shower or bathe two days before surgery and the night before surgery to minimize the chance of infection. Read our preoperative bathing instructions.
- If you become ill or experience any change in health before surgery, please contact your surgeon or the preoperative nurse at the hospital immediately.
- If you are a woman and suspect you are pregnant, it is extremely important that you notify your surgeon immediately.
- You may receive a preoperative health assessment call from a nurse one to three days in advance of your surgery.
- Many of our forms may be filled out in advance.
- Ensure you keep your COVID-19 testing appointment. If you fail to keep your appointment, your procedure will likely be canceled. After you are tested, please limit your exposure to decrease your risk of infection prior to your procedure/surgery date.
Day of Surgery
- Please follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding eating and drinking prior to surgery.
- Take only medications your physician has instructed, with a small sip of water. Some medications, such as medications taken to control your blood pressure, are very important to take before your surgery, the day of your surgery, and the immediate days after your surgery.
- Wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing to the hospital.
- Wear flat shoes—slip-on styles are best.
- Remove any body piercings.
- Leave all jewelry and valuables home.
- Everyone is required to wear a mask when entering the building.
- Care partners may wait in the designated waiting area while you are in surgery. Please note, policies may change due to COVID-19.
- Pediatric patients are allowed a visitor in the Preoperative and Post Anesthesia Care Units.
For the safety of all of our patients, personal electrical appliances such as hairdryers, electric razors, radios and televisions are prohibited within the hospital. Laptop computers, cell phones, battery-operated radios, DVD players and MP3 players are permitted. For the consideration of other patients, however, please use headphones when listening.