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On the Day of Surgery

Where and When To Arrive

  • You will be notified by your surgeon’s office regarding what time that you will need to arrive at Sibley Hospital on the day of your surgery.
  • Sometimes you may have additional testing prior to surgery that will require patients to arrive at an earlier time.
  • As a general rule, you will need to arrive 2 hours prior to your surgery. This is because you need enough time to register, change into your hospital gown, obtain vital signs, start an IV, complete all surgical permits, and have interviews with your RN’s and anesthesiologist.

If you are having surgery in the Main Hospital:

Go to the Admissions Desk located in the Main lobby of the hospital.

  • The Admissions Desk in the Main hospital opens at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
  • On Saturday the Admissions Desk opens at 6 a.m.

If you are having surgery in the Sibley Ambulatory Surgery Center (SASC):

Go to the Admissions Desk located on the ground floor of the Medical Office Building. This building is located right next to the parking garage.

  • The SASC admissions desk is open at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Day of Surgery Checklist

A printable PDF of this checklist can also be downloaded.

  • Bring a valid photo ID and your insurance card.
  • Bring any forms or X-rays requested by your physician.
  • If you have an advanced directive, living will, or power of attorney, bring a copy with you to the hospital.
  • Leave all valuables at home, including cash and credit cards, unless advanced payment is required.
  • Remove all jewelry and body piercings.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing.
  • Bring a case for your dentures, hearing aids, glasses, or contacts.
  • Bring information regarding any existing implant.
  • Bring a complete list of your medications, vitamins and herbal supplements. Include your dosages and the most recent time taken.
  • If you use inhalers for respiratory disease, please bring your them with you to the hospital.
  • If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine, please bring it with you to the hospital.
  • If you are having anesthesia, do not eat or drink anything, including water, chewing gum, or breath mints.
  • Take only medications your physician has instructed, with a small sip of water.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Arrive on time.