Being nervous about an upcoming trip to the hospital is totally normal. But the more you know and understand what to expect, the more ready you’ll feel.
We’ve included a few common questions patients have regarding the entire hospital process, from preparing for the surgery to aftercare. We hope these questions will give you peace of mind about your visit.
For any additional questions or suggestions, please contact us.
How to prepare:
For a visit to the hospital
On the day of surgery
Yes, and the hospital admissions department will provide you with the necessary forms to complete upon your arrival.
Here are some of the forms you might be asked to complete:
Authorization to Release Protected Health Information During This Admission
Consent for Treatment and Conditions For Admission
Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices
We encourage you to get Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) done 2 to 10 days before your surgery. The Pre-Admission Testing appointments usually take less than an hour. It’s an important step in making sure both you and you doctor are prepared for your surgery.
These tests may include:
Eat a light dinner the evening before your surgery and do not drink alcoholic beverages.
Do not eat or drink anything—including water, chewing gum and mints—after midnight the night before your surgery, or as instructed by your physician.
If you need to cancel surgery, please notify your physician and the hospital’s surgery scheduling department immediately.
If you have any other questions, please contact us.
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If you have a potentially life-threatening medical emergency, please call 911.
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