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Your Preoperative Appointment: What to Expect

Prior to surgery, you will be seen in the Pre-Op Care Center (PCC) for anesthesia screening, lab work, ECG, pre-op education and financial screening, and ensure your readiness for surgery and anesthesia. It's a good time for you to ask any questions you may have.

Your pre-operative appointment will last one to two hours. It is usually scheduled two to seven days before your procedure. 

Things to bring to your preoperative appointment:

  • A complete list of your medications, including how and when you take them. Do not bring your actual medications with you to the hospital unless directed to by your doctor. 
  • 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), taken within the last two years.
  • Any blood tests done within the past three months.

What Does Your Preoperative Evaluation 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. 

How We Can Help Speed Up Recovery

To help put patients on the right path for the most effective recovery possible, our recovery team:

  • Uses the most modern and effective anesthesia methods and techniques
  • Provides alternatives to narcotics to help manage pain after surgery
  • Encourages patients to begin moving and resume activity immediately after surgery
  • Advises patients to receive nutrition right away after surgery by consuming easy-to-digest liquids and foods.

Our team is dedicated to helping you recover as quickly and as smoothly as possible so you can return to your normal life and activities, feeling stronger and healthier than ever. Our program is delivered by a team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses, working closely with patients and their families to help ensure the best recovery possible.

Start Your Recovery Right Away

Some simple steps you can take to help begin your recovery include:

  • Getting out of bed the same day of your surgery. Just getting out of bed, sitting in a chair and walking around your room can help reduce your risk of complications. It may seem counterintuitive, but too much rest is not necessarily a good thing when you are recovering from surgery. Some common, yet serious complications often develop when patients remain in hospital beds for external periods of time, such as pneumonia deep vein thrombosis, and pressure ulcers. 
  • Have some sugarless gum or hard candy on hand for after your surgery.
  • Remember to take any prescribed pain medications. This will minimize your pain and help you to get moving.

Starting your recovery as soon as possible after your surgery can greatly reduce risk of serious health complications. 

Contact Our Preoperative Care Team