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.