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Ankeny, IA 50023

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West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Waukee, IA 50263

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On the Day of Your Surgery

Medications

Make sure you understand the instructions your doctor or nurse gave for taking medications prior to surgery. There may be some medications you should stop taking. Please bring your inhalers with you to the hospital if you have one.

Eating & Drinking

It is extremely important to follow instructions for eating and drinking because your surgery or procedure could be canceled or postponed if you don't observe the stated restrictions.

  • Adults and Children: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. This includes gum, candy and mints. No smoking, vaping or other tobacco products after midnight.
  • Infants: If your child is nursing, you can breastfeed or give breast milk until four hours before your arrival time. Infants who drink cow's milk, soy milk or formula must stop drinking six hours before your arrival time.

Note: It can be hard to explain to children why they can't eat or drink on the day of surgery. Be prepared with plenty of distractions for your child, such as books, toys and hugs. It's also helpful to keep food and drink out of sight.

What to Wear

  • Shower or bathe yourself or your child.
  • Do not apply any lotions, powders or cologne to the body.
  • Do not use any hair products.
  • Dress in loose comfortable clothes.
  • Remove make-up and all nail polish.
  • Leave valuables such as jewelry (including wedding bands) at home.
  • Wear glasses rather than contacts (contacts must be removed) and bring a glasses case.

What to Bring

  • You may want to bring a book or magazine.
  • Bring CPAP/BiPAP and inhalers into the hospital.
  • Bring loose comfortable clothing to wear home.
  • You are welcome to bring toiletries and other supplies you would need to stay overnight.
  • For children, a special toy or blanket is suggested to help them feel more comfortable while in the hospital.
  • Insurance cards or forms.
  • Photo ID
  • Bring a list of medications, both prescription and over the counter.
  • A case with your name on it, for personal items that you may need to remove, such as dentures, glasses or contact lenses

When You Arrive

When you arrive, you'll sign insurance release forms, a surgery consent and an anesthesia consent if you haven't done so already. If you are a minor, your parent or guardian will fill these out. To protect your confidentiality and privacy, your friends and family will be asked to wait in the waiting room briefly.

You'll be guided to a surgery preparation area. You'll change into a hospital gown and get an identification bracelet. If you wear hearing aids, dentures or glasses, ask if you should remove them for surgery. A nurse will go over your health history with you and have you sign your surgical consent. An intravenous line (IV) will be started in an arm or hand vein to provide medication and fluids during surgery, except in local procedures. Once you are settled into your admitting room, your friends or family will be able to visit with you.

Your Health Care Team

A team of trained professionals staff the surgical suite or operating room (OR). Your surgeon heads the team, often assisted by a surgical assistant. A surgical technician sets up the instruments needed for surgery and assists in surgery. A circulating nurse is charged with your care and ensures sterile procedures are used. You may also be attended by an anesthesiologist who administers anesthesia during the operation.

A member of the health care team will take you to the surgical suite. Your blood pressure, heart function, and oxygen level in your blood will be monitored.