Once your surgery date is scheduled and you have pre-registered, the pre-admission screening office will mail you an appointment to meet with the anesthesia nurse practitioner and the preop nurse. Your surgeon may decide that a phone call appointment will take care of this instead. In that case, a pre-admission nurse will call you about one week before your surgery.
At this time a nurse will ask you about:
- Name, doses, and times of your medications (this includes aspirin, herbal medication, and inhalers).
- Allergies and reactions to these allergies
- Review health problems and past surgeries.
- History of anesthesia complications or post op nausea and vomiting
Please be prepared with this information and any questions you may have.
Your surgeon will tell you what time to arrive (one hour before approximated surgery time).
*If you and the Surgeon have discussed a preop regional block 1 ½ hours.
You are encouraged to bring a copy of a completed advance directive. This is an important document. You will want to devote thought and time to this, please complete before coming to the surgery center.
What is an advance directive?
A written document (form) that tells what a person wants or doesn't want if he/she in the future can't make his/her wishes known about medical treatment.
Download an advance directive