Preparing for Your Procedure
Properly preparing for surgery can help make your recovery from surgery faster and more comfortable. It is important to be informed about your procedure and to understand what will be required of you as a partner in your healthcare leading up to your surgery date.
Leading Up to Your Surgery
Surgery can be an unsettling experience. While you are in the capable hands of your surgeon, you are also in the caring hands of Saint Agnes staff. The following information is designed to make this an easier experience for you.
Pre-Surgical Telephone Interview
The staff of the Registration Services and Pre-Admission Testing will call you prior to your admission. Your testing will be discussed then. We will also need to know pertinent demographic information as well as medical insurance and/or financial payment information so that we can prepare your records.
Pre-Admission Testing/Required Tests
If your surgery is to be performed under local anesthesia, no tests are required unless ordered by your physician. If your surgery is to be performed under any other form of anesthesia, certain preoperative tests may be required.
Saint Agnes offers pre-admission testing for surgical patients. You may need certain tests such as a chest X-ray, EKG or blood tests. Other tests may be ordered by your doctor. For an appointment, call 410-368-2927.
Ideally, a medical history and physical examination should be performed within 7 days prior to surgery. Reports relating to your medical history, physical examination or any other tests performed outside the hospital must be received by the Saint Agnes Hospital Pre-Admission Testing Suite at least three working days before your surgery. If the required test results are not available prior to your admission, it may be necessary to cancel your surgery.
Pre-Admission Testing Suite
The Saint Agnes Hospital Pre-Admission Testing Suite is located in the Surgery entrance off Caton Avenue. It is open six days a week for your convenience. The hours of the Pre-Admission Testing Suite are:
- Monday – Thursday: 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Before the Day of Admission
If your health status changes (due to cold, cough, fever, etc.), please contact your surgeon prior to the day of your surgery. It may be necessary to reschedule your operation. If you are taking any medication, such as heart, blood pressure or diabetes medicine, check with your surgeon as to whether the medication should be discontinued. The type of anesthesia you will receive will determine whether you can eat or drink prior to coming to the hospital. Please discuss this with your surgeon.
On the Day of Surgery
If your surgery is being performed under local anesthesia, you may have a light breakfast, unless your physician specifies otherwise. If your surgery is being performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, do not eat or drink anything—including water —after midnight prior to your operation. Do not eat mints or chew gum. This is very important. Eating or drinking may result in the cancellation of your surgery.
Inpatient admissions report to the Surgery entrance two hours prior to surgery; outpatients report one hour prior to surgery unless otherwise specified. Please check in at the receptionist desk. If you are staying overnight, please bring along a robe and slippers. Identification, insurance cards and any prepayment should also be brought the day of surgery.
If your physician gave you any papers needed for your operation, it is important that you bring them. Do not wear jewelry or bring large sums of money.
After admission, you will be escorted to our Surgical Admission Suite where you will be prepared for surgery. The room you occupy before your surgery will not be your permanent hospital room. A family member or friend may remain with you in this area.
After this preparation, you will be escorted to the Operating Room. An anesthesiologist will see you prior to your surgery.
Following your surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for observation. When you have recovered from the anesthesia, you will be transferred to your hospital room or discharged from the hospital if you are an outpatient.
At Saint Agnes Hospital we want you and your family to be an active partner in your healthcare. One way that you can be involved is to speak up. Speak up if you have questions or concerns, and if you don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know. As a patient at Saint Agnes Hospital, you have rights and responsibilities that protect you and allow us to deliver the best care during your stay.
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