St. Mary's Hospital’s Same Day Surgery Department allows you to have an operation or procedure in a comfortable, safe outpatient setting and go home the same day.Preparation for surgeryFor your safety, it is essential that you read and follow the instructions given to you by your physician and the hospital. Before you arrive for surgery, you must have informed your surgeon and anesthesiologist of any medications you have been taking, any allergies you have, or if you have a history of any of the following conditions:
Pre-TestingPlan to spend about two hours at the hospital on the day of your visit. You will be called by our surgery department and scheduled for pre-admission laboratory and x-ray testing. These tests must be completed between one and seven days before the date of your surgery.Instructions for Pre-testing:When your surgeon's office calls, he or she will give you specific instructions for your tests. Instructions may vary according to your medical history, the type of surgery you are having and your doctor’s special orders.Bring with you:
The purpose of the pre-admission visit is to provide your surgeon and the anesthesiologist with all necessary information for a complete medical evaluation. Every effort will be made to see that your visit is completed as quickly as possible.The Night Before Surgery
Diet: Eat a well-balanced meal, unless instructed otherwise by your physician.Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, including water, gum, lozenges, etc.Bathing: A bath or shower is recommended the night before surgery. Depending on the type of procedure you will have, the PAT nurse may instruct you to use CHG (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) wash daily for 3 days prior to your surgery. Use of CHG can reduce the number of germs/bacteria on your skin which decreases post-operative infections.Alcohol/Smoking: Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages. If you need tips to assist you in these areas, please ask our same day surgery nurse for assistance. Quitting habits of smoking and/or drinking is advantageous to your health, particularly prior to and during recovery from surgery.Sleep: Go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep the night before surgery.Change in Physical Condition: If you have a change in your physical condition before surgery (such as a sore throat, cold, fever or stomach ache) or you need to cancel your surgery, please notify your surgeon.The Day of Your Operation
Diet: Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, including water, lozenges, gum, etc. You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow water.Medications: Medications you normally take in the morning can be taken after discharge, unless your doctor or anesthesiologist informs you otherwise. If you are instructed to take the medications the morning of surgery, take them with only a few sips of water. Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing. Children may wear pajamas, if desired. The hospital will provide a gown. You may bring your own slippers and robe. On the day of your surgery, a nurse may instruct you to use CHG (Chlorhexidine Gluconate) wipes prior to surgery. These wipes contain CHG to help reduce the number of germs and bacteria on your skin which decreases post-operative infections.Cosmetics: Do not wear make-up or nail polish.Valuables/jewelry: Valuables should be left at home. Do not wear jewelry. (As an exception, wedding bands can be taped to your finger.) Bring denture cups, eyeglass/contact lens cases, if indicated.Where to report: Report to the same day surgery department (located on the second floor) unless you have been instructed otherwise. Please notify the volunteer at the front desk that you are here for surgery. When your room is ready in same day surgery, a colleague will direct you to your room to prepare for surgery.Responsible party: Please arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you to the hospital on the day of the surgery. A parent or legal guardian must accompany children 18 years or younger. It is suggested that two people accompany a child at discharge.Visitors: While you are in surgery, your family or responsible party accompanying you is asked to report to the surgery waiting room. The doctor or surgery department will notify them when the surgery is complete. Coffee is provided in this area, or they may go to the hospital cafeteria after reporting to the surgery waiting room desk. We encourage family members to be with the patient in the later stages of recovery in the same day surgery department. We suggest you limit family members accompanying you to two.Children: Children having surgery should bring items of comfort, such as a favorite toy, blanket, pacifiers or specific baby bottles. Length of Stay: The length of stay will vary according to the type of anesthesia, surgical procedure performed and your general physical condition. Your physician will determine when you are discharged following surgery.After Surgery
Discharge Information: You will be provided with written discharge instructions. Every patient must be driven home by a responsible adult. This adult should be available to assist you during your full recovery, including your first night home.Follow-up call: A nurse will call you the following day to determine satisfactory recovery. The nurse also will answer any questions you may have.Questions: If you have any questions or problems after your surgery, please contact your physician. If you are unable to reach your physician, call the hospital and request assistance.We appreciate your commentsYour comments will help us maintain and improve our personal, professional and administrative attention to you during your stay.For additional informationCall 815.673.2311, ext. 3201 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the evenings or weekends, call 815.673.2311 and ask for the hospital supervisor.
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