Inpatient Surgery: What to Expect
Your medical insurance coverage
- Need for a second opinion on your surgery
- Hospital and health care providers' status as "in-network" or "preferred"
- Deductibles for hospital services
- Limits on length of your hospital stay
- Home health care coverage, what type, and for how long
- Donate your blood. Because you may require a blood transfusion during or after your surgery, you may be asked to donate your own blood.
- Pre-operative testing. You'll need to go for Preoperative Assessment testing before your operation or on the day of your surgery. Call Riverside scheduling at (757) 989-8830.
- The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of calcium is 1000 to 1200 milligrams a day.
- The RDA for iron is 8-18 milligrams a day
- The RDA for vitamin C is 75-90 milligrams a day
The Night Before Surgery
- Do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight before your surgery — including mints, chewing gum, coffee, tea or water. Since you'll be using anesthesia, it's essential that your stomach is empty during surgery.
- If you smoke, cut down or quit as soon as possible. Smoking changes blood flow patterns, delays healing and slows recovery. Do not smoke after midnight before your surgery or the first 24 hours after.
- Do not consume any alcohol for at least 48 hours before surgery.
- If you use any type of controlled substances, tell your doctor. Narcotics and other drugs can have an impact on your surgery.
- Take a shower or bath the night before your surgery to help reduce the risk of infection.
- Do not wear any make-up, lipstick or nail polish.
Day of Surgery
What to Bring
- Low heeled walking shoes with non-skid soles or tennis shoes. No open heel shoes or clogs.
- Pajamas and a short bathrobe.
- Loose fitting, comfortable clothing to wear when you get up and move after surgery.
- Toilet articles and any other needed personal items.
- If you use an inhaler, please bring it.
- Bring any orders given to you by your doctor and give them to the person who admits you.
- Insurance card, driver's license or other government issued-issued ID.
- A list of your home medication including nonprescription or herbal items along with a list of explaining; what you take them for; how often you take them; dosage
- Leave all your valuables at home — money, jewelry and credit cards.
- In the pre-surgery unit, a nurse will speak with you and verify your health history and allergies.
- You'll put on a gown and lay on a stretcher. From here on out, you'll be wheeled to the various areas for your surgery and recovery.
- Intravenous fluids will be started to provide you with medication and fluid during surgery and for a day or two after your operation.
- You may receive medication to help you relax and dry out your mouth.
- You'll be given general, spinal, or epidural anesthesia.
Getting Up and MovingIn your hospital room, nurses will continue to monitor your vital signs and wound dressing. You may be surprised how quickly after your surgery the nurses have you up and moving around.
- It's important after surgery to cough and breathe deeply to help your lungs remain clear.
- You'll also need to change positions with the help of a nurse about every 2-4 hours to help keep your skin and blood flow healthy.