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Surgery Tips

No one wants to have surgery, but for many, it's medically necessitated. If you fall into this category, don't worry. We're here to take great care of you.

We're here to answer questions you might have regarding your surgery. Our desire is to calm your fears, and reassure you of our total dedication to providing you with the very best of care.

We have an experienced, qualified team of dedicated professionals and a "state of the art" surgical wing with cutting-edge equipment. Best of all, we have the most caring staff. We see our role as your healthcare provider as a privilege, not a job. We feel blessed to be able to work with you as an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. We hope you'll be blessed, too, by your experience here at Takoma with us.

Before you arrive:

Please notify your doctor if you develop a cold, fever, sore throat or cough before your surgery.

If you have advance directives, living will, or a durable healthcare power of attorney, please bring a copy.

The night before surgery:

You are NOT to eat, drink, dip, chew or smoke anything after midnight prior to surgery (unless otherwise directed by your Anesthetist or Surgeon).

The day of surgery:

Shower before your arrival and remove makeup, hairspray, nail polish, lotions, colognes, powders, wig, false eyelashes, or contact lens.

Please leave all valuables at home; especially fine jewelry, money and credit cards. The hospital cannot be responsible for valuables. Personal items such as pajamas, toiletries, books, etc., can be brought to the patient after surgery. These items are not needed at the time of admission.

Please do not bring children with you to the hospital

At the hospital:

You will be asked to sign an informed consent form, which verifies that you and your doctor have discussed the surgery that is to be performed on your body, the expectation that you have of each other, and the risks associated with the surgery.

You will be escorted to a designated area for pre-op preparation. A hospital gown and an identification arm band will be provided.

Depending on the type of surgery you are having, the doctor who will perform your surgery (or another member of your healthcare team) will mark the correct location on your body on which your procedure is to be performed. Called "site marking," this is a critical step in ensuring your safety and preventing error, especially if you are having surgery on one of your arms, legs, hands, fingers, eyes, ears, etc.

You will be asked to empty your bladder and remove dentures, partials, glasses, contact lenses and/or other prosthetic devices before your are taken to surgery.

If there is the possibility you may be pregnant, tell your doctor.

You may be given certain medicines (including sedatives) before you are taken to surgery.

Always ask for assistance, when getting up

Prior to the start of surgery, the surgical team will take a "time out". During this time out, the surgical team confirms that they are performing the correct procedure at the correct site and on the correct person.

Minors and adults with communication/attention deficits should have a spouse, parent or guardian available to accompany them.

Family members will be directed to our designated waiting area. The OR nurse will contact family to give progress reports during surgery. A visit or phone call from the surgeon may be expected when the procedure is complete.

You will be transferred to OR for positioning, induction of Anesthesia and completion of procedure.

In the recovery room:

You will be taken to the Recovery Room after surgery, and monitored until your condition warrants transfer to next level of care. Management of pain and control of nausea will be the priority of this care team.

After your surgery, your doctor or nurse will ask about any pain you may have. Takoma is required to evaluate your pain (pain scale) and provide appropriate relief through medication and other methods.

If discharge is expected on day of surgery, you must have someone available to drive you home. You will not be able to take public transportation. Remember to follow-up with your doctor about any therapy or medicines that you may need in your recovery and when you can resume certain activities, like work, exercise or travel.