The Day Before Your Surgery

1. Please confirm your scheduled time of surgery with your surgeon’s office on the business day before the surgery.

2. Please make arrangements for a family member or friend (a responsible adult, 18 years or older) to drive you home upon discharge from Oklahoma Surgical Hospital. It is hospital practice not to discharge patients via taxi service. This person will need to be with you at the time of your hospital discharge to receive your home care instructions. If you have not made these discharge arrangements on the day of your surgery, your surgery may be canceled.

3. You must not eat, or chew tobacco, after midnight the night before your surgery, but you may drink up to 28 ounces of original Gatorade or Powerade. Clear liquids may be substituted and include water, and unsweetened black coffee or tea. Clear liquids, Gatorade, Powerade, gum, and mints may be consumed up to four (4) hours prior to surgery or on arrival to the hospital, whichever occurs first. Energy drinks, carbonated beverages (including Sprite) or alcohol are not acceptable. Smoking delays the healing process and is strongly discouraged. You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery.

Important Things to Remember:

If your surgery is scheduled for 7:00 a.m., arrive at OSH at 5:30 a.m. Surgeries scheduled after 7:00 a.m. please arrive 2 hours before your scheduled surgery time or as instructed by your surgeons’ office. At times, your surgeon may be running ahead of his scheduled surgery times. In such instances, you may be called to come in earlier than your scheduled arrival time. While OSH and your surgeon will make every effort to start your surgery on time, instances do arise when a patient’s condition requires more surgical time than anticipated. This may cause a delay in your scheduled time.

Complimentary valet parking is provided for you. Please drive to the main hospital entrance at CityPlex Towers under the Oklahoma Surgical Hospital sign, where you will be greeted by our Guest Services Representative.

The morning of surgery, please shower or bathe paying close attention to your surgery site. If you have received antibacterial soap or a special cleaning solution, please use it following the instructions provided. Do not use lotion, make-up or moisturizing soap.

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that is easy for you to change out of and into, particularly if you are having outpatient surgery. Please keep in mind you will need to wear this outfit home after you have been discharged.

All patients scheduled to stay overnight should bring all medications in original bottles you are currently taking (including over-the-counter medications and any other natural or organic drugs you may be taking, including dosages), a list of any allergies, and any paperwork requested by the hospital.

If you wear glasses, hearing aids, or contact lenses, please bring the case and any necessary solutions with you. If you require glasses for reading, bring them with you in order to sign forms.

Please remove all jewelry before surgery. Wearing metal in the operating room places you at risk for burns. Appying tape over your jewelry places the metal closer to the skin and increases your risk for burns. If you are unable to remove jewelry, please have it cut off or removed by the appropriate personnel prior to your arrival. Your hands can swell in the operating room and tight jewelry could put you at risk for decreased blood flow to your fingers, which could lead to the loss of your finger. Do not wear jewelry in or around your mouth. Jewelry, even plastic spacers, can be dislodged during breathing tube insertion and can fall into your lungs.

If you have a Living Will and/or DNR Order , please bring a copy with you on the day of surgery. We want to honor your wishes, but will not be able to do so unless we have a current signed copy. Our staff will be glad to assist you in filling out a Living Will if you do not already have one.

If you use a C-Pap or Bi-Pap machine, please bring your machine with you on the day of surgery, even if you plan to go home the same day.

If you have been given any medical equipment (slings, braces, crutches, etc.) please bring it with you on the day of surgery into the Pre-Op area.

The hospital recommends you leave your valuables, such as cash and jewelry, at home. If you must bring valuables with you to the hospital, we suggest you send them home with a relative or friend. The hospital will not be liable for loss or damage of valuables unless deposited with the hospital for safekeeping.

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