4 Steps to a Successful Surgical Procedure
Step 1: One to two weeks prior to Surgery
- Stop all aspirin, ibuprofen and arthritis pain medications 1-2 weeks prior to surgery. (Please check with
- Physician regarding all medications)
- Stop smoking is recommended
- Notify your doctor of any skin lesions near your surgical site.
Step 2: Five days prior to Surgery
Come to the admissions department to register and have any blood work/ labs and X-Rays needed before procedure. Bring a photo identification and your health insurance information
- Bring any orders or labs the office may have given you.
- If you routinely take a night does dose of insulin, please contact your primary care physician for direction.
- Please notify your surgeon of any skin lesions or infections.
Step 3: Day Before
- If you are taking Metformin (a diabetic drug)- do not take the day before surgery
- You will be contacted by a pre-op nurse. If you have not spoken with her by the day prior to your surgery, please contact her at (423) 492-5534.
- Nothing by Mouth after midnight
(This includes food, drink, all tobacco products including cigarettes, and gum)
Step 4: Day Surgery
- Take any blood pressure, heart or seizure medications with a small sip of water first thing in the morning.
- What to bring: good walking shoes, sweatpants, button up shirt
- Arrive at the hospital at the time given by your physician’s office. If you have pre-registered, you can go directly to the Surgical Area. Proceed to elevators located near the cafeteria. Take second floor to Surgery.
- The Waiting Area is directly across from the elevators as you get off on the second floor.
- Check in with the Volunteer in the waiting Area in the Surgery Department (Elevator B to 2nd floor.)
- If you have not pre-registered prior to surgery, your surgery may be delayed.
(You will need to arrive an additional hour early and follow Step 2.)