About Your Surgery

We know that surgery can seem overwhelming, so we have created this list to ensure you feel prepared for any procedure at Omega Hospital.

The Night Before Your Surgery

  • Do not eat any food or drink after midnight. This is very important for your safety.
  • Do not consume alcohol, cigarettes, or tobacco.
  • Remember to make arrangements for transportation.

The morning of your surgery

  • Do not eat any food or drink.
  • Do not take any medication unless instructed otherwise.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
  • No lotions, perfumes, deodorant, or make-up
  • Remove all jewelry and body piercings. We ask that you leave all valuables at home.
  • Bring the following with you:
    • Your insurance card and a form of identification
    • Any medication you are currently taking in the original bottles
    • Any written orders or paperwork from your doctor

If you are staying overnight, a family member or friend is more than welcome to stay with you. Each patient suite has a murphy bed to accommodate one guest.

Prior to your surgery, your anesthesiologist will discuss your procedure and what to expect before, during and after your surgery. They will answer any questions you might have.

The nursing staff will update your family of your progress throughout your surgery.

After your surgery

The anesthesiologist will monitor you closely while you rest in our recovery room under the care of a specially trained nurse.

You may be sleepy or dizzy after your surgery. You must have a responsible adult with you to drive you home.

Your physician will discuss your operation with you and your family member(s).

Nurses and physicians will answer your questions and give you instructions. You will receive a written copy of these instructions. Please follow them carefully.

When you return home

Following anesthesia, you may feel drowsiness, muscle aches, sore throat, headaches, or dizziness. Nausea may also be present, but vomiting is less common. These side effects decline rapidly in the hours following surgery but may take several days before they are gone completely. Plan to take it easy for a few days following surgery.

Notify your surgeon if you have questions about what you can and cannot do, when you can return to work, and how active you can be.

A nurse will contact you at home to check on your progress in the days following your surgery.

Finally, we hope you enjoyed your stay. We encourage you to complete our hospital survey. We are always looking for ways to improve our patient’s experience.

Thank you for choosing Omega Hospital.