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Pre-Surgery Instructions

Inpatient and Day Surgery Guidelines

Our surgical team looks forward to providing you with the best possible care. The following information will familiarize you with what to expect before, during and after your procedure.

Please read and print our Preparing for Your Surgery brochure and Pre Surgery Evaluation Instructions

Orthopedic patients should download our Orthopedic Outpatient Surgery brochure.


Your anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist play very important roles in your surgery. They will administer and monitor the anesthesia that will let you “sleep” during your operation, or “numb” certain parts of your body. Before surgery, a member of the anesthesia team will meet with you to determine the most appropriate type of anesthesia for you.

Your Surgical Checklist

Several Days Before

  • Print and review the Preparing for Your Surgery brochure and Pre Surgery Evaluation Instructions carefully. You should also share this information with your family members or friends who will be involved in your care.
  • Pediatric patients should view the Pediatric Surgery video.
  • Please keep all appointments that have been made for you in preparation for your surgery.
  • Monitor how you are feeling. Any unexpected illness - such as fever, cough, sore throat, or sniffles - could postpone your surgery. Please let your doctor know if you are not feeling well up to the day before surgery.

The Night Before

Your stomach must be empty prior to surgery. If not, your appointment may be postponed or cancelled. It is very important that you follow the diet guidelines in the Preparing for Your Surgery brochure and Pre Surgery Evaluation Instructions.

After Day Surgery

Following your surgery, your condition will be closely monitored by our nurses. Your recovery time will vary, according to the type of surgery. You may feel tired or weak for a few days, because some effects of anesthesia last up to 48 hours. Please don’t drive a car, operate heavy machinery, drink alcoholic beverages, engage in strenuous activities, or make any important decisions during this recovery time. You will receive more specific instructions before you are discharged.

Our goal is to reunite patients and their family or friends as soon a possible after surgery.


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