The Day of Surgery

University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital Answers Patient Questions and Calms Concerns

UH MacDonald Women's Hospital physicians and staff understand that the day of surgery can be stressful for patients and family members. Therefore, our expert team provides individuals with all of the necessary information prior to the procedure.

From checking in to entering the operating room, we want to make the surgical process as smooth as possible. At UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, patient comfort and peace of mind are among our top priorities.

Patient Check-In

A patient should arrive at UH MacDonald Women's Hospital two hours before his or her scheduled time and can check in at the Admitting Desk located on the 1st floor of Mather Pavilion. Patients are requested to bring a copy of their current insurance cards and a photo ID.

Once the patient checks in, he or she will be directed to their designated surgery center. Once the patient’s name is called by one of UH MacDonald Women's Hospital staff, the individual will be taken into a changing area and asked to put on a hospital gown. The patient will then be escorted into the preoperative area.

In this area, an intravenous catheter (IV) will be started in the patient’s arm or hand. During this period of time, patients should request a blanket if they feel cold.

The surgical team will introduce themselves to the patient. A preoperative nurse will assist in preparing the individual for the procedure.

Preoperative Assessment

  • The surgeon will explain the procedure to the patient and offer him or her the opportunity to ask any questions they might have about the procedure.
  • The patient will be asked to sign a consent form that gives permission to do the procedure. He or she should read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear.
  • In addition to a complete medical history, the surgeon may perform a physical examination to ensure the patient is in good health before he or she undergoes the procedure. The patient may also undergo blood tests and other diagnostic tests.
  • The patient will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight.
  • If the patient is pregnant or suspects she is pregnant, she should notify her physician.
  • A patient should notify the surgeon if he or she is sensitive or allergic to any medications, latex, iodine, tape, contrast dyes, and anesthetic agents (local or general).
  • The surgeon should be notified of all medications (prescribed and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements the patient is taking. He or she should bring a list of these medications.
  • The patient should notify the surgeon if he or she has a history of bleeding disorders or if he or she is taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. It may be necessary for the patient to stop these medications prior to the procedure.
  • If the patient smokes, he or she should stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the procedure, in order to improve the chances for a successful recovery from surgery and to improve his or her overall health status.
  • Patients may receive a sedative prior to the procedure to help them relax.
  • The areas around the surgical site may be shaved.

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