If you are not home when they call, please call:
Until 4 p.m. Ambulatory Surgical Center (401) 729-2145.
After 4 p.m. Post Anesthesia Care Unit (401) 729-2442.
Weekends and holidays Admitting Office (401) 729-2724.
On the Day Before Your Surgery
- Stop eating or drinking at the time your nurse tells you in preadmission testing or your doctor tells you.
- Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours before your surgery.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home because you will not be allowed to drive after your surgery.
- Arrange for someone to stay with you at home for at least 24 hours after your surgery in case you feel sick or need help.
- Let your doctor know if you develop a cold or other illness.
- Ask your surgeon if you should stop taking routine medication – insulin, blood pressure pills, blood thinners or heart medication—and when.
On the Day of Your Surgery
Park in the lot to the left of the main driveway on Brewster Street and come in through the main entrance. Report to Admitting, which is off the main lobby on the first floor. If you do not speak English, we will provide an interpreter for you.
- Shower or bathe using a soap that contains CHG (chlorhexidine gluconate), like Hibiclens.
- Do not shave near the surgical site.
- Do not use powder, lotions or perfume.
- Leave all valuables, including money and jewelry, at home.
- Bring a picture ID and one other form of identification.
- You can wear your glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures on the morning of your surgery, but you must take them out before surgery so bring something to store them in. If you wear contact lenses, it is best if you wear your glasses.
- If you use crutches, a walker or wheelchair, bring them.
- If you did not go to preadmission testing, bring a list of your current medications.
Once you are in the surgical area, you will change into a hospital gown and robe and the nurses will help you prepare for surgery. You will meet the anesthesia staff and they will start an IV. You will see your doctor before surgery. He or she will review the procedure, mark the surgical site if applicable, and answer any of your questions. If you are having an outpatient procedure, you will be here three to four hours. We will call the person taking you home when you are ready.