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Before Surgery

Pre-Operative Care

Pre-Operative Care Center Contact Information

Before your operation, your surgeon's office will schedule an appointment for you at our Pre-Operative Care Center to ensure your readiness for surgery and anesthesia. It's also a good time for you to ask any questions you may have.

  • Your pre-operative appointment will last one to two hours and is usually scheduled two to seven days before your procedure.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes early, and bring with you a complete list of your medications, including how and when you take them.
  • Please do not bring your actual medications with you to the hospital unless directed to by your doctor.
  • If you've had any heart tests such as a stress test or echocardiogram, lung tests such as a chest X-ray or pulmonary function, or blood vessel exams such as a carotid ultrasound, within the past two years, please bring copies of the test results with you.
  • Bring results from any blood tests done within the past three months.

Your pre-op evaluation will include:

  • Blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, height and weight measurement
  • A history and physical examination by an anesthesiologist or anesthesia nurse practitioner
  • Education about anesthesia types and options
  • Education about pain measurement and post-surgical pain control
  • Possibly blood tests, electrocardiogram (ECG) or chest X-ray (CXR)
  • An explanation of what will occur after surgery and a review of general pre-operative and post-operative instructions
  • Instructions about eating and drinking before surgery

At the end of your pre-operative evaluation, you will receive information about when and where to arrive for surgery. Please plan to arrive two hours prior to your procedure.