Preparing for Surgery


You and your doctor have agreed that you need surgery.  Understanding what is happening to you may make your hospital visit more pleasant and even improve your recovery. That’s why we’ve provided you with some helpful information and pre-surgery checklist to help you prepare.

Pre-Admission Screening
Depending on the type of procedure you are having, you may be asked to come to the hospital for pre-admission screening.  During your pre-admission screening visit you will be registered in the computer by a clerk, talk with a nurse who will obtain your medical, surgical history, and consent for surgery, talk with an anesthesiologist who will discuss your anesthetic plan, and obtain any testing ordered by your doctor.  You will also be informed of specific preparations for your surgery, such as what medications to take the morning of your surgery. Some patients are not required to come to the hospital for pre-admission screening.  If this is the case you will probably receive a phone call to obtain information and to be given pre-procedure instructions.   If you have any questions this would be the time to ask!

Pre-Surgery Checklist

  • Do not eat or drink anything after 12 mid-night before your surgery, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Do not chew gum or use chewing tobacco after 12 mid-night.
  • Do not smoke after 8:00 p.m. the evening prior to your surgery/procedure.
  • Do not bring valuables to the hospital with you, such as jewelry, watches, rings, etc…(including body piercing jewelry).
  • If you wear glasses bring a case to place them in.
  • You must have someone drive you home after your surgery/procedure.  You cannot drive yourself home!
  • Please bring a list of your home medications including any over the counter medications.  If you are taking any herbal medication please tell us.
  • If you have an advanced directive (living will or health care power of attorney) please bring a copy with you.
  • If your surgery requires you to stay in the hospital after your surgery/procedure, bring you personal toiletries, robe, and slippers.
  • Wear comfortable clothing the day of your surgery/procedure.
  • Bring insurance cards with you.
  • Remove makeup, nail polish, and/or body piercing before coming to the hospital.
  • Your doctor will give you the time you are to arrive for your surgery/procedure.  Contact your doctor if you have not been given this information.                                      
  • Report any pain, discomfort, nausea, or not just feeling right to a nurse.
  • Limit the amount of visitors.  Only 2 visitors are allowed at the bedside in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit.
  • Your family/friends will wait for you in the Surgical Waiting Room.
  • Take a bath the night before your surgery/procedure and wash your hair.
  • You will be asked to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with medicated rinse before going to the operating room/ GI lab.
  • Please go to the bathroom before leaving your room to go to the Operating Room or GI lab.

Day of Surgery

On the day or your surgery/procedure, you are to come in to the Ambulatory Surgery Department.  Upon arrival, you will be taken to your room and the check-in process will begin.  You will be given an identification bracelet that contains your name, birth date, hospital number, and doctor’s name.  We will use this to correctly identify you throughout your stay.  A registered nurse will review important information with you and your family.  You will have an intravenous line started in your hand or arm.  At this point you are ready to go for your procedure.  When the surgeon is ready to perform your procedure, you will be taken to the operating/procedure room at which time you will meet the team that will be with you during your procedure.

After Surgery
After your surgery/procedure, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit or directly back to a room in the Ambulatory Surgery Department.  Your family will be notified of your location and when they may be able to join you.  Following your recovery period, you will be discharged to home or to an inpatient room if your procedure requires you to stay in the hospital over night or longer.  If you are going home on the same day as your procedure, you will be given specific instruction for your care at home.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up

Posted on: March 13, 2017

Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month. The free kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks. The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. [caption id="attachment_14043" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jan Rakinic, MD[/caption] In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.

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