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.

Admission Instructions

Arrival Time

  • You will be notified of your surgery arrival time the day before of your surgery by 4pm. If you are not contacted by 4pm on the business day before your surgery, please call the hospital at (504) 832-4200.
  • Your arrival time is scheduled 2 hours prior to your surgical time. This is a standard practice by the Anesthesia department and allows for a thorough review of your chart, medications, labs, etc.
  • Please contact Omega Hospital if you are going to be late, (504) 849-4900.

Food/ Medication Instructions

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night prior to your surgery, or as instructed by the Anesthesia/Pre-Op Testing department. This includes, but not limited to, gum, candy, water, vitamins, and food.
  • Please take medications as advised by the pre-op RN on the morning of surgery with a small sip of water. If you have questions regarding which medications to take prior to surgery, please call (504) 832-4200.

Morning of Surgery

  • No jewelry should be worn. Please leave all valuable at home. Omega Hospital is not liable for loss or damage of valuables.
  • Do not wear contact lenses. If you choose to wear your contacts to the hospital, please bring a contact case and solution, as you will be required to remove them prior to surgery.
  • Dentures should be removed prior to surgery. A denture case can be provided.
  • Please arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. For safety reasons, the Anesthesia department will not allow anyone to drive themselves home after receiving anesthetics.
  • Wear casual, loose-fitting clothing so you will be comfortable when you leave the hospital. A patient gown will be provided prior to surgery.

Early/After-Hours Admittance

  • If your arrival time is between 7pm-6am, please follow the following instructions.
    • Park in the patient’s parking garage and walk to the physician’s parking garage, located on the opposite side of the building. Upon entering the physician’s parking garage, immediately to the left is an entry door. Ring the bell, identify yourself and the staff will grant access to the lobby. Take the elevator to the 5th

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.

Download and Print Admission Instructions

To download and print Omega's Admission Instructions form, click here.

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.