• 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. 


As of June 23, Same Day Surgery patients must enter and be screened at the Hanna Outpatient Center entrance, located near our Visitor Parking Garage B, off Vine Street. After entering, follow signs to Same Day Surgery, to the 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.