Starting your surgery off right
Before arriving at Memorial on the day of your procedure, there are certain things you should do to prepare:
- Shower the evening before and the morning of your surgery with the antiseptic solution provided. Please follow the Bathing Instructions Sheet carefully. For patients under the age of 18, shower with an antibacterial soap (such as Dial).
- Do not eat or drink (as instructed by the anesthesiologist).
- Take your medications as instructed by the ATC staff.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Remove all makeup, including lipstick, mascara, and nail polish.
- Remove all jewelry and contact lenses.
- Bring your glasses, dentures, and hearing aids on the procedure day.
- Bring all your medications in properly labeled containers.
- Do not bring any valuables (money, wallet, purse, jewelry).
Be sure to arrive at Memorial at the time indicated by the ATC nurse or as directed by your physician. Remember to bring:
- A parent or legal guardian if patient is under 18 years of age.
- Someone to accompany you, so they can drive you home and care for you during your home recovery.
- A copy of your Advanced Directive or Living Will, if you have one, to be placed in your permanent medical record.
- Your insurance card and driver’s license (if you have not been pre-registered).
Family and/or friends may wait with you in your room until your procedure. Please limit the number of family and friends to two or three. While you are having your procedure, your family and friends may wait in the Outpatient Surgery Visitor’s Lounge. If your family and friends leave this area, it is important to inform the staff at the desk.
It is also important to have someone drive you home after your doctor has released you from the hospital. You should not drive yourself home, no matter how minor you consider your procedure.
Outpatient Surgery Center
Most surgical patients will begin and end their surgical experience in the Outpatient Surgery Center. All rooms are private and include a television. Here you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. You will also receive an ID bracelet to wear until you go home. Personal belongings will be locked in a locker until you go home. An intravenous (IV) line may be started in an arm or hand vein before surgery by a registered nurse.