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Preparing for Surgery

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Preparing for Surgery

Mercy Health is committed to providing the highest quality services for you and your family, and we want your encounter with us to be the best it can be.

Our surgeons are skilled medical professionals who offer a variety of surgical services to meet your healthcare needs. All are committed to innovation, excellence and advanced surgical techniques. To help you prepare for your surgery, please review the information below.

If you still have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call the site at which your surgery is to be performed.

Prior to Surgery

A member of our team will contact you prior to your surgery to obtain your medical history and verify what medications you may be taking. At that time, if you have additional questions, we will be happy to answer them.

If at any time prior to your surgery you experience a change in your physical condition, such as a cold, fever or sore throat, please call your surgeon.

You must make arrangements for a responsible adult to take you home after your surgery. For your safety, you will not be allowed to leave alone or drive yourself home. Your surgery will be cancelled if you do not have a ride home. Also for your safety, it is strongly suggested that someone stay with you the first 24 hours after your surgery. A parent or legal guardian must accompany a child scheduled for surgery and must stay at the hospital until the child is discharged. Please do not bring other children under the age of 14. We do not allow our patients who have anesthesia to take a cab, bus or senior service home unless they are accompanied by a responsible party.

The following instructions are very important and MUST be followed, otherwise your surgery may be cancelled.

  1. Do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight prior to surgery. This includes water, chewing gum, mints and ice chips. You may brush your teeth and gargle the morning of surgery but DO NOT SWALLOW THE WATER.
  2. Bring any test results/reports from your physician’s office. If you are under the care of a heart doctor or specialist please be aware that you may be asked to see him or her for clearance.
  3. You may be asked to stop blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, Fragmin and Lovenox or anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil and Naproxen prior to your surgery. Please check with your doctor before stopping these or any other medications.
  4. Do not smoke and do not drink any alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to surgery.
  5. For your safety the following must be removed:
    • All jewelry and body piercing
    • Make-up
    • Wigs, hairpins, hairclips
    • Contact lenses — including extended wear (please bring a case for them)
    • Do not use lotions, gels, hairspray, cologne, perfume or powders.
  6. If applicable, please remember to bring your blood bank bracelet to the hospital with you on the day of your surgery.
  7. As a part of our patient safety program to minimize surgical site infections, we ask you to do the following:
    • Please notify your surgeon if you develop any illness between now and the day of your surgery. This includes a cough, cold, fever, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Also please notify your surgeon if you experience dizziness, shortness of breath or blurred vision between now and the time of your surgery.
    • DO NOT shave your operative site 96 hours (four days) prior to surgery. For face and neck surgery, men may use an electric razor 48 hours prior to surgery.
    • Shower the night before surgery with an antibacterial soap.
    • If you feel you cannot comply with these guidelines, please call your pre-admission testing facility to discuss your concerns.

Important Points to Remember

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home, including wedding rings, watches and money.
  • Please bring your insurance card, picture ID and guardianship papers. If you have a living will or healthcare power of attorney, please bring in a copy of those advanced directives.
  • A responsible adult must drive home from surgery and, as stated earlier, it is highly suggested that someone stay with you for the first night.
  • Leave your gown and slippers at home. They will be provided for you when you arrive.
  • Prostheses, contact lenses, glasses, etc. will be removed before you enter the operating room. Please bring a case for your glasses or contact lenses. You may be asked to remove your dentures. We will provide a container for them and they will be kept in a secure area for safekeeping and will be returned to you after surgery.
  • You may wish to put a pillow and a blanket in the car for the ride home.

When You Arrive

After you check in at the registration desk:

  1. You will be taken into an area where you will change into a patient gown and empty your bladder.
  2. You will be placed on a stretcher and a nurse will check your blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. An intravenous (IV) may be started and lab samples may be collected.
  3. Your anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist will discuss the anesthetic plan with you.
  4. Medication to help you relax may be administered. It may make your mouth feel dry.
  5. Our goal is to provide you with excellent care, therefore, visitors will be limited to two in the room at a time so that we may focus on providing this care to you.

During Surgery

The family member or friend who brings you to surgery may wait in the surgical lounge during your surgery. Refreshment services are available for those waiting for you to recover.

After Surgery

  1. The doctor will speak to your responsible party regarding the surgery.
  2. You will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care unit (recovery) where you will receive special care while waking from anesthesia. Please note your responsible party may speak to the doctor prior to you entering the recovery area.
  3. The registered nurse taking care of you will notify your family members when they may join you.
  4. When you have awakened and your condition is stable, you may be discharged home (outpatient surgeries only).
  5. In the unlikely event that surgical or anesthetic procedures are unexpectedly prolonged or complicated, your doctor may arrange for hospital admission.
  6. Expect to be drowsy the remainder of the day.
  7. Discharge instructions will be provided to you and your designated responsible party and any questions answered.
  8. After discharge, you may be taken to the exit in a wheelchair.
  9. Do not drive a car, sign legal documents, operate machinery, drink alcoholic beverages or use drugs not authorized by your surgery team for at least 24 hours after surgery.
  10. When you arrive home, please take it easy. Let your family members or friends wait on you. Make sure a responsible adult stays the night.
  11. The next working day after surgery, a nurse may telephone you to check on your progress.
  12. If you experience severe pain unrelieved by the pain medication you have been prescribed, heavy bleeding or a temperature greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, call your surgeon or immediately go to the emergency room.
  13. You will not be able to drive or return to work on the day of surgery.

Please contact pre-admission testing at one of the following locations if you have any further questions:

Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital 513-624-1022

Mercy Health - Anderson Outpatient Surgery Center 513-624-1961

Mercy Health - Clermont Hospital 513-732-8618

Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital 513-870-7043

Mercy Health - Fairfield Outpatient Surgery Center 513-682-6900

The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health 513-686-3827

Mercy Health - Mt. Airy Hospital 513-853-5167

Mercy Health - Western Hills Hospital 513-389-5220

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