Preparing for Your Surgical Procedure
Whether your surgical procedure is elective or not, inpatient or outpatient, properly preparing for the procedure can help avoid unecessary delays or cancellations in the procedure and most of all, ease your mind. Following are commonly-asked questions about surgical procedures at Crozer-Keystone Health System.
What should I know about the day and night before my surgery?
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your operation unless you have received other directions from a Crozer-Keystone professional. This includes all food and drink as well as ice, water, chewing gum and candy. Your surgery may be cancelled if you have not followed this rule.
- Take medications as directed by a representative of the Anesthesia Department or the Pre-Admission Testing Department. If you did not receive anesthesia information or have forgotten what you were told, bring your medications with you to the hospital.
- Do not drink alcohol or smoke 24 hours prior to your procedure.
- Shower or bathe and shampoo your hair the night before or the morning of your surgery.
When should I arrive at the hospital for my surgery?
If you will be admitted to the hospital after your surgery (inpatient surgery), you should arrive at the hospital at least one-and-one-half hours before your scheduled surgery time. Patients having outpatient surgery should arrive one hour before their scheduled time.
What should I wear and bring on the day of my surgery?
- You should wear a comfortable, loose-fitting outfit to the hospital.
- Do not wear any makeup or jewelry.
- Wear a button-down shirt, not a pullover.
- Remove all body piercing jewelry.
- Bring a case for your glasses/contact lenses and dentures. They will be returned to you after you leave the recovery area.
- Leave all valuables at home.
What if I am not feeling well?
If you are vomiting or have a fever, diarrhea or are otherwise sick before your surgery, notify your physician’s office immediately.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
You will not be allowed to drive yourself home after surgery. Arrange a ride home before you arrive for surgery. You will only be discharged in the company of a responsible adult driver. Riding home by cab is only permitted if a responsible adult will accompany you.
What else should I know about discharge?
The anesthesia you received may remain in your body for several days. You may feel dizzy, sleepy or lightheaded. Rest quietly for 12 to 24 hours and be careful of your activities. Specific written instructions will be issued upon your discharge.
Can I donate my own blood?
Many patients who have non-emergency surgery may donate their own blood for use during surgery. This type of donation, called autologous, is the best way to ensure that you receive the best blood for you. A physician’s prescription is required for the donation. Autologous blood donations can be made at any donor site. To make an appointment for an autologous blood donation, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-35-BLOOD.