You should bring the following with you:
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes so it is easier to dress following your surgery.
Once you have registered, a nurse will escort you into the preoperative area, where your pulse, temperature, respiration, and blood pressure will be taken. You will be asked to change into a gown provided by the Center. Your clothes will be placed in a secured locker until you are ready to be discharged. For those patients receiving sedation, an I.V. will be started.
The anesthesiologist and your surgeon will see you prior to your surgery. Just before going into the operating room, you may be asked to remove your contact lenses and any other prosthesis. Dentures and partial plates MUST be removed prior to surgery should you be receiving a general anesthetic. These will be labeled, placed in your locker, and returned to you upon your discharge. You will be in the preoperative area for about one hour prior to surgery.
After your operation, you will be taken into the recovery area and/or the patient lounge, where your escort will be allowed to stay with you. Because space is limited, and for other patients' privacy, we allow only one escort at a time in the patient lounge.
Coffee, juice, soda, and crackers are provided for patients in the patient lounge. We ask that you please do not bring food from home.
You may need to be admitted to the hospital if:
Prior to proceeding to the operating/procedure room the following will occur:
Children are encouraged to bring a favorite toy or blanket with them. Parent(s) or legal guardians are required to stay with the child while in the preoperative area and the postoperative patient lounge. It will be necessary for parents to remain in the building while surgery is in progress. Should your child be in diapers and/or utilize a pacifier, bottle, or sipper cup, please bring them along to the Center.
If your child is under the age of 18, the Pennsylvania Department of Health requires that your pediatrician or family doctor give permission for the surgery to be performed in the outpatient setting. The child's surgeon is responsible for obtaining this permission.