Before Your Surgery
• If you begin to feel unwell or you experience any other major changes in your health, please contact your physician right away.
• If there is any chance that you are pregnant, please notify your physician and your EMC nurse.
• If at any time in your preoperative course you have questions about your procedure or what you can do to prepare, please call your physician’s office or Eminent Medical Center. We are always happy to help.
On the Day of Your Surgery
• Be sure to arrive early enough to allow for smooth admission.
• Bring any medications you are currently taking in the original pill bottles.
• Although you should shower and dry your hair the morning of your surgery, do not apply any cosmetics, fragrances, or hair styling products.
• Only bring the essentials—leave valuables such as jewelry at home.
• Contacts, dentures, glasses, and other items will need to be removed before surgery. It’s a good idea to bring a container to place these items in to ensure their safekeeping.
• Once you’ve been checked in to the hospital, you will receive a gown and socks to wear before your procedure.
After surgery, you will be transferred to a recovery area where you will be closely monitored while the effects of sedation wear off. Once it is safe to do so, you will be moved to an overnight room to continue your recovery and healing process. Family is not allowed in the post-anesthesia unit, but they are welcome to join you once you are in your private patient room.
Some procedures do not require an overnight stay in the hospital and you will be able to go home the same day. In these cases, you will be closely watched in a quiet recovery area. Your family can join you in this area once you are fully awake. For most outpatient procedures, patients are able to go home within three hours of surgery, but your care team will determine when you are ready to leave. Please be sure to have your transportation home arranged before your procedure, as no patient is permitted to drive themselves home after surgery.