The Morning of Surgery

  • Follow the skin preparation guide provided by your surgery team. CHG handout . Do not shower the morning of surgery unless instructed to do so by your surgeon. Do not apply any lotions, creams, deodorant, cosmetics, colognes, nail polish, or personal products the morning of surgery.
  • Plan to arrive early for check-in to allow time for parking and walking to your check-in location. All patients will report to the Day of Surgery Check-in Desk, located on the 2nd floor of the hospital tower. If you have any questions about when and where you should report the morning of surgery please call 968-3015 (option# 2) during normal business hours. Please note that your check-in time is not the time your surgery will begin; it is the time necessary to prepare you for your procedure, this process can take up to two hours.
  • We ask that you limit your adult escort to 1 person as space is limited. In most situations, you may have 1 adult escort stay with you until it is time to go to the Operating Room. Your family and friends may wait in the Surgery/Recovery Waiting area, and your adult escort may join them when you go to the Operating Room.

At The Hospital

  • Upon your arrival, you will be asked for your Military identification, and when you last ate or drank. It is very important to follow the eating and drinking guidelines outlined by your surgeon or Anesthesia provider. Failure to do so may result in cancellation, and will result in an 8 hour delay at a minimum at the discretion of the Anesthesia provider.
  • After Check-in you can expect a visit from your Surgeon, Nurse, and Anesthesia provider who will go over your Surgical Plan, and address any last minute questions or concerns you may have. We encourage dialog and want to ensure you have all of your questions answered and understand your plan of care.
  • An IV may be started at this time to provide a secure route for medication delivery during your procedure. At this time, the final preparations for surgery will occur, such as contact lens, denture, hearing aid, or eyeglass removal. These items will be returned to you following surgery.

After Surgery

  • Following surgery, you will arrive in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, also called the PACU. There you will be carefully monitored and a team of doctors, nurses, and support staff will ensure your pain is controlled and you are ready to be released. Your length of stay in the PACU will depend on the type of Anesthesia and type of surgery you had. The doctor will decide when you are ready to be released from the hospital or taken to an inpatient room where you will spend the night. For more information on Madigan’s Post Anesthesia Care Unit click here .

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