Learn about what to expect on the day of surgery. You will feel better if you are prepared.
The doctor’s office will let you know what time you should arrive on the day of surgery. Expect the time to arrive may be early in the morning.
The anesthesia and surgery team will talk with you before surgery. You may meet with them at an appointment before the actual day of surgery or on the same day of surgery. Expect them to:
You will need to sign admission papers and consent forms for surgery and anesthesia. Bring these items to make it easier:
At home on the day of surgery:
Here’s what to bring and what to leave at home:
Plan to arrive at your surgery unit at the scheduled time. You may need to arrive up to 2 hours before your surgery.
The staff will prepare you for surgery. They will ask you to:
You will go to the recovery room after surgery. How long you stay there depends on the surgery you had, your anesthesia, and how fast you wake up. If you are going home, you will be discharged after:
If you are staying at the hospital, you will be transferred to a patient room. The nurses there will:
Same day surgery - adult; Surgical procedure - adult
Updated by: Joshua Kunin, MD, Consulting Colorectal Surgeon, Zichron Yaakov, Israel. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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