Saint Anne'sPatient and Visitor Information

What to Expect

Helpful information for your hospital admission

Q.  What should I bring with me to the hospital? 

A.   Here are some helpful hints:

  • Please leave all valuables at home.
  • Do not wear makeup, nail polish, or metal hair clips.
  • Dress comfortably by wearing loose clothing to avoid pressure on incisions and ease in getting your clothing over bandages, casts, etc.
  • Wear your dentures and hearing aid, if needed.
  • If you are scheduled to remain in the hospital overnight, bring pajamas, robe and slippers.

For Children
We realize separation is hard for children and parents, and we will make every effort to return your child to you as quickly as possible.

  • Please bring your child's favorite toy, book, blanket, pacifier, or bottle.
  • Be sure to label any object with your child's name.

 Q.  Can I eat before surgery? 
A.   Unless it is an emergency, all surgical patients are "NPO" (nothing by mouth) from midnight the night before to the time of surgery. "NPO" means that you cannot have any solid foods after midnight but are allowed to have 2 ounces of water, apple juice, or cranberry juice up to three (3) hours before your surgery. This keeps the stomach empty and helps prevent vomiting or aspiration (fluids going into the lungs) during surgery and the recovery period.
Q.  What medications should I take before surgery? 
A.   Your doctor or pre-admission nurse will tell you which medications you may or may not take on the day of your surgery. If you use an inhaler, please bring it with you.
Q.  How will my pain needs be met?
A.   We want to make you as comfortable after your surgery. Here is some helpful information:

  • You can expect discomfort with any kind of surgery. If you have discomfort following your surgery, ask your nurse for medication.
  • Your doctor may order patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) for you. This system will allow you to medicate yourself safely when you have pain. Your nurse will explain PCA to you.
  • Fill your prescription.

Q.  Can I drive home? 
A.   NO. You must make arrangements for a ride home. Your family may wait for you in the waiting area. If they need to leave or stretch their legs, they will be given a beeper so that they can be reached when you are ready for discharge.

Helpful Tips for a Quick Recovery 

  • Stop smoking 48 hours before surgery.
  • Get out of bed and start walking, with help, after surgery. This will help to prevent pneumonia and circulation problems.
  • Take slow, deep breaths (6-10 times a minute), turn side to side often, and exercise your legs while in bed by bending your knees and wiggling your toes.

When You Are Discharged From the Hospital

When you are discharged, you will receive all instructions about activity, diet, dressing changes, care of drains or catheters, medications, home care services, and any return to doctor's appointments. We encourage your questions, so please feel free to ask your nurse or any member of your health team.

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