Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Part of Peninusula Regional Health System

Preparing for Your Surgery

Preparing for Your Surgery

Your physician will discuss your surgery with your during your office visit and will explain the risks, benefits and alternatives.  After the decision for surgery has been made, your physician will work with Peninsula Regional to schedule a date and time for your procedure. 

Pre-Assessment Interview - You will be asked to complete a pre-anesthesia questionnaire that you can email/fax/or drop off to Peninsula Regional.  This questionnaire will be reviewed with you by one of our pre-admission nurses about 3 to 5 business days prior to your planned procedure.  Be sure to advise the staff of any medical/anesthesia problems, and all drugs that you are taking (including illicit/social drugs, over the counter drugs, and herbal remedies).  Please bring specific questions or concerns to your nurse's attention at this time.  We want you to be comfortable with all aspects of your surgery and postoperative care.

- Print and complete a pre-anesthesia questionnaire
- Fax questionnaire to 410.543.7016 or drop off at Peninsula Regional Medical Center
- Mail to: Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Attn: Same Day Surgery, 100 East Carroll Street, Salisbury MD 21801
- For Questions call 410.912.5603 

Insurance Verification - you will be contacted prior to your arrival by a Patient Access staff member to verify your insurance.  Please do not hesitate to ask any questions regarding your insurance or required prior authorizations.

Preoperative Diagnostic Testing - Routine preop testing is limited to patients whose procedure or medical condition (including medications) indicates the need for such testing to be done.  The surgeon and/or anesthesiologist may request additional testing or consultations based on your medical history.  Testing may be conducted at Peninsula Regional or a facility determined by your health insurance.  Test results should be faxed to 410-543-7016.

The Day of Your Surgery 

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight unless otherwise instructed by your pre-admission nurse.  This includes all foods, liquids, water, candy, gum and breath mints.
  • At a minimum, do not smoke or use any tobacco products 24 hours prior to your planned procedure.  Your surgeon may ask you to abstain for a longer period of time.  Please defer to your surgeon's instructions.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours prior to or after surgery.
  • If you take insulin or any other routine medications, our pre-admission nurse will tell you how to take your medications the day of surgery.
  • If you take blood thinners, such as aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix or Effient, please notify your surgeon.  Your surgeon will provide you with further instructions.
  • The day of your surgery, you may take all your regular prescription medications, unless otherwise instructed by your pre-admission nurse.
  • You are responsible for the safe keeping of your valuables.  Please do not bring any jewelry, money or any other valuables to the Medical Center.  Please leave your contact lenses at home or bring a container and solution for them with you.
  • If going home the same day as your surgery, please make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you and to stay with you for 24 hours after your discharge.
  • Only two (2) visitors are permitted at any time in Same Day Surgery.
  • Please call your surgeon's office the afternoon prior to your procedure to confirm your arrival time.

Please have patience with us if you experience a delay.  We will attempt to keep you informed of any changes, but feel free to ask the staff in Same Day Surgery for updated information.

We offer a Wee Care program that is highly recommended for children having surgery to help alleviate your child's fears and decrease anxiety at the time of hospitalization and during post-op care.  This program is available on an as needed basis and lasts approximately 1 hour.  Please call 410-912-5603 to make arrangements.


Arriving at Peninsula Regional's Same Day Surgery

Same Day Surgery is located on Vine Street, directly across from the Center City Exxon Mini-Mart.  Please look for the overhead sign "Same Day Surgery/Labor Delivery Entrance".  You may park in the parking lot next to Same Day Surgery or in the gravel lots directly across from the entrance.  Upon entering, please go to the large, glassed-in waiting room to your right, and check in with the Same Day Surgery receptionist.

Once you have been escorted to your Same Day Surgery room, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown.  Your pulse, blood pressure, temperature and respirations will be taken.  An IV may be started in your arm or hand prior to surgery.  This IV will provide hydration and medications to you during your stay.

For your safety you be will be asked to wear an ID band.  Do not remove it.  You may be asked the same questions multiple times during your stay for identification purposes.

Your surgeon, anesthesiologist and certified registered nurse anesthetist will meet with you prior to your surgery and review any questions that you may have.  In addition, your surgeon will be asked to mark and/or initial the spot on your body to be operated on.  You will then be taken into the operating room to have your surgery.  In the operating room your heart rate, blood pressure, pulse and respirations will be continuously monitored during the surgery.


After your surgery you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for observation.  Your vital signs will be closely monitored and, if necessary, your pain and nausea will be addressed.  Your recovery time will depend on the type of anesthesia that you received and the procedure performed.  Recovery time can range from 30 minutes to upwards of 2 hours.  When you are ready to be discharged to either the post-operative phase of Same Day Surgery or to your room upstairs, you will be taken there by stretcher.  Your family will be reunited with you upon your arrival. 

It is natural to experience some discomfort in the area of your surgery.  You also may experience some drowsiness or dizziness depending on the type of anesthesia and the amount of pain medications your received.  If you are going home the same day as your surgery, your discharge instructions will be reviewed with you and your responsible adult.  Any prescriptions that the surgeon has written for you to take upon discharge will be given to you then.

If you are discharged home the same day as your surgery, you will receive a follow up phone call the next day to check on your progress.  Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have.