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Be sure to dress comfortably and wear loose-fitting clothing. Please leave valuables and jewelry at home, including metal objects, such as hairpins, barrettes, medals, watches, bracelets, and any body piercing's, because they may cause injury if you become restless immediately after surgery. Do not wear make-up or nail polish.

Arrival Time

If you are receiving a general or IV anesthetic, please arrive at the Surgery Reception Desk located on the third floor just off Elevator D at the time provided by your Nurse Navigator.  You will need someone that will be responsible for you to drive you to and from the hospital.

If you are receiving a local anesthetic, please arrive one hour prior to the scheduled time of surgery. You may eat a light breakfast. And you may drive.

Financial Information

At the time of your admission to Condell, please bring insurance information with you, including your policy identification card and one claim form. If you have questions about benefits, call your insurance company prior to surgery. You will also need to bring one form of identification.

Surgical Consent

Prior to surgery preparation and pre medication (see below) you will be asked to sign a form, which includes a statement about the type of operation you are having. Your physician will have discussed your operation with you prior to signing the form.

Surgery Preparation

Prior to your surgery, the nurse may scrub and clip the hair of the area where the incision will be made. One of the nurses will see that your personal belongings are stored in a safe place. Dentures and personal clothing will also be removed at this time. You will be given a hospital gown to wear in the operating room.

Before surgery, an anesthesia care provider will discuss your anesthetic. When it is time for surgery, your surgical nurse will answer last minute questions you or your family may have before transporting you to the Operating Room.

Standards for "Universal Protocol"

The surgical team follows standards called "Universal Protocol". These standards help to prevent wrong site, wrong procedure, and wrong patient surgery. On the day of your surgical procedure, you will be asked the same questions by several members of your surgical team. Every time that you answer these questions, provide information and verify your surgical site, you are participating in following these standards and help us to provide a safe surgical experience for you.

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