Surgery: What To Expect

Before Surgery

Preparing for surgery

As a patient at Cascade Surgical Partners, you can rest assured our friendly and knowledgeable staff will treat you with the utmost care and respect from the moment you walk through our doors. Patient satisfaction is the true measure of our success. We are here to answer any questions you may have before surgery.

The instructions below are general guidelines for preparing for surgery. Your physician may also provide instructions specific to the procedure being performed.

  • Notify our office within 24 hours of surgery if there is any change in your physical condition, such as cold or fever.
  • You will receive an appointment for pre-admission at the hospital or out-patient surgery center. Please allow at least two hours for this appointment, as you will have lab work and if ordered by your physician, an EKG or chest scan. Please bring a complete list of all medications you are currently taking along with a list of allergies. For the registration process, the hospital will need to take copies of any medical insurance cards and/or medical coupons and photo identification. Your surgeon will give you paperwork to take with you to this appointment. Please do not lose this paperwork, you are given the hard copy and our office only has a copy of this information.
  • If you are undergoing general anesthesia, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes mints, chewing gum, chewing tobacco, cigarettes or anything else by mouth. Failure to strictly follow these instructions may result in the cancellation or delay of your surgery.
  • Ask your surgeon which medicines to stop before surgery, and when. Blood thinners should be stopped before surgery (Naprosyn, Iboprofen, Aspirin, Vitamin E, Garlic and Aleve). Discuss when to stop these medications prior to surgery.

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Day Of Surgery

  • If you are scheduled at the hospital for outpatient surgery, register at the Emergency Department entrance. If you are scheduled for inpatient surgery, register at the main entrance at the hospital. Please arrive two hours prior to surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon.
  • If you are scheduled at the Surgi-Center, register at the West Pavilion entrance on the first floor. Please arrive one hour prior to surgery, unless instructed by your surgeon.
  • Please bring all insurance cards and/or medical coupons.
  • Do not eat, drink, chew gum, chew tobacco or smoke the morning of your surgery.
  • Do not apply cosmetics or hairspray.
  • Please shower or bathe prior to your surgery.
  • If you wear contact lenses, glasses, or dentures, bring a case for their safe keeping.
  • Leave all jewelry, body piercings and valuables at home.
  • Take medications with a small sip of water as directed by your pre-admission nurse or surgeon.
  • Wear casual and comfortable clothing and shoes. All clothing will be bagged and locked securely until you depart. If you will be staying the night, you may bring a small overnight bag with personal care items. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown, slippers and robe. No undergarments will be worn to surgery.
  • Your heart rate, blood pressure, height and weight will be recorded. Anesthesia is based on these numbers.
  • Your surgeon will come in to answer any last-minute questions you may have before surgery.
  • You will be taken to the operating room where surgery will start.
  • Your family will be notified after surgery and may rejoin you after recovery.

After Surgery

  • It is your responsibility to make advance arrangements for someone to drive you home and remain with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • You will receive written instructions for your care that may include activity, medication, diet and rest.
  • Plan to be in the recovery area for at least 1 to 2 hours following surgery.
  • At your discharge, you will be scheduled for a return appointment with your surgeon in his office.
  • Contact your physician if you have any questions or problems after surgery.