Preparing for Surgery

As you are preparing for your surgery, it is perfectly normal to feel anxious and have questions. Rest assured that our team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and other healthcare team members understand and want you to be comfortable and fully prepared for this experience. Depending on the type of procedure, you may require hospitalization or a brief recovery period and then recuperate at home.

Registration & Pre-Admit Testing

After your surgery has been scheduled, you will be contacted by the RCH Pre-Admission Department to make a Pre-Admission appointment. We encourage you to pre-register in person, as this will save time on your actual procedure date.

What to Bring to your Registration Appointment

  • Current insurance information.
  • Driver's License or valid identification.
  • Payment for services (when notified ahead of time by the Financial Services)

What to Bring to Pre-Admit Testing Appointment

  • List of current medications with dosages and timing. You may bring your actual medications in the bottle.
  • List of allergies.
  • List of past surgeries and hospitalizations with dates and years (if known).

What To Do Before Surgery

  • Make arrangements for someone to care for your children, pets and other dependents while you are in the hospital and after you are home. Children younger than 14 years old are not allowed to accompany you.
  • Arrange for transport to and from the hospital. You must have a driver to take you home after the surgery. You may not drive yourself, take a cab or limousine. You will be discharged to an adult family member or friend. For your safety, there will be NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • If you have anesthesia and are an outpatient, you must have a responsible adult remain at the hospital until you are discharged.
  • For minors (outpatients only), a parent or guardian must remain at the hospital until the minor is discharged.
  • Only one person is allowed to accompany you in the surgery waiting room. This person may stay here for the surgeon to discuss your status and answer questions following your procedure.

Day Before Surgery

  • If you feel sick (fever, sore throat, or any type of infection) call your physician. Do not wait until the day of surgery.
  • Follow your physician's pre-procedure instructions which may include: NPO (nothing to eat or drink), a special shower, bowel prep, or taking certain medications. Failure to follow your doctor's orders may result in the cancellation of your procedure.
  • Notify your physician if you think you may be pregnant (anesthesia and certain medications may interact with your unborn baby).

Day of Surgery

  • Arrive two hours before your scheduled procedure.
  • Bring a list of all your medications.
  • Bring a copy of your living will, if applicable.
  • Please leave all jewelry (including body piercings) and valuables at home. The hospital is not responsible for lost items.
  • If you have been told to take certain medications (e.g. blood pressure pill) on the day of surgery, it is ok to take them with an ounce (2 tablespoons) of water ONLY.
  • Contact lens, dentures and eye glasses cannot be worn in the procedure room.
  • DO NOT suck on mints, chew gum, smoke, eat anything, wear make-up, or use nail polish on the morning of your procedure.

Directions to Surgery

Enter the hospital through the G Tower Entrance and check in at the front desk. If you have not been pre-registered, proceed to the 2nd  floor waiting room. Patients and visitors may park in the either parking structures for easy access to the G Tower entrance or to drop off a patient.

Roadmap of Your Surgery Day

  • Upon arrival to the facility, you will need to check-in at the front Information Desk in the new G-Tower Lobby. 
  • At time of check-in, both visitors/family members will be given an access band to access the surgery floors.
  • Patients and their family will be then be directed to the elevator to G2 pre-op/PACU where they will be registered by a Patient Access representative upon arrival.
  • Guests will be directed to the G2 surgery waiting room.

  • You will be given a hospital gown to change into.
  • A nurse will start your IV
  • The nurse will complete your admission process by asking you some very important questions.
  • You will meet your OR nurse and anesthesiologist.
  • You will be asked to sign a consent for anesthesia.
  • The surgeon will see you prior to the start of your procedure and the surgical site will be marked (if appropriate). This is the best time to ask any last-minute questions.
  • You will be taken to the OR and your visitor will be escorted to the surgery waiting room.
  • You will stay in the recovery room (PACU) until you are fully awake, ready for discharge, or admitted to a hospital room.
  • The recovery room time varies depending on the individual, procedure performed, or room availability.
  • If you are going home, you and a responsible adult will be given discharge instructions regarding medications, activities, diet, bathing and other concerns you may have.
  • If you are to stay in the hospital, you will be transported to your assigned room once it is available. Your visitor will be updated of your new location.