Regions Hospital Patient and guest support Preparing for surgery
How long will you stay after surgery?

The length of your stay depends on the type of surgery you have. Our procedures fall into three categories:

  • Same-day surgery: You’re admitted for surgery or a diagnostic procedure and return home the same day.
  • Morning admission: You’ll arrive at the hospital in the morning for your surgery. When your surgery is done, you’ll be admitted. How long you stay depends on the type of surgery you have and how your doctor thinks you’re doing.
  • Observation/Same-day extended recovery: After surgery, you’ll have a short stay in the hospital. How long you stay depends on the type of surgery you have and how your doctor thinks you’re doing.
Up to a month before surgery
  • Get a full medical history and physical exam. You’ll likely see your primary care doctor for this unless your surgery team says otherwise. Complete your exam at least 1 week before your surgery. Ask your doctor to send the results to the Regions Hospital Surgery Center. The fax number is 952-883-9645.
  • Ask your surgeon questions you may have about your procedure.
  • If you wear eyelash extensions or glue-in hair extensions, plan to have them removed before your surgery.
Two weeks before surgery
  • Stop using all dietary supplements. These include fish oil, vitamin E and herbal supplements.
  • Stop using weight-loss medication, such as phentermine.
  • Talk with your primary care clinician if you take medication for diabetes.
One week before surgery
  • Let your doctor know if your health changes. This includes a cold, fever or major change in the condition you’re having surgery for.
  • Take prescription medications as directed. But check with your surgeon about medications with aspirin or ibuprofen. These can cause problems with blood clotting and anesthesia. Day before/morning of surgery
  • Follow eating and drinking instructions. A nurse will call you the day before (or Friday for Monday surgeries) with instructions on eating and drinking, based on your surgery time. If you’re unavailable, call 651-254-3404 for instructions.
  • No tobacco after midnight. This includes chewing tobacco and cigarettes.
  • Take medication with a small sip of water, if directed by your surgeon.
  • Take a shower or bath the night before AND the morning of surgery. This helps reduce the risk of infection. Use a liquid antiseptic soap. Your surgeon’s clinic may give you soap ahead of time, or you can use Dial brand soap. Sleep on clean bedding and dress in clean clothes after bathing.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner only. No hairspray, mousse, gels or similar hair products – these are flammable and a potential fire hazard. Don’t wear wigs, hair extensions or hairpieces, either.
  • Don’t wear makeup, glued wigs or false eyelashes.
  • Bring your advance directive, if you have one. An example is a living will.
  • Make personal arrangements. Find someone to stay with you up to 24 hours after surgery. Set up any child care or pet care you may need.
Day before surgery
  • Follow eating and drinking instructions. A nurse will call you 1 or 2 days before surgery, based on your surgery time. If you’re unavailable, call 651-254-3404 for instructions.
  • No tobacco after midnight. This includes chewing tobacco and cigarettes.
  • Take a shower or bath the night before AND the morning of surgery. This helps reduce the risk of infection. Use a liquid antiseptic soap. Your surgeon’s clinic may give you soap ahead of time, or you can use Dial brand soap. Sleep on clean bedding and dress in clean clothes after bathing.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner only. No hairspray, mousse, gels or similar hair products – these are flammable and a potential fire hazard. Don’t wear wigs, hair extensions or hairpieces, either.
  • Bring your health care directive, if you have one. An example is a living will.
Day of surgery
  • Take medication with a small sip of water, if directed by your doctor.
  • Don’t wear make-up, false eyelashes, wigs or hair extensions.
  • Arrive 1.5 to 2 hours before your surgery time. (A nurse will confirm your arrival time a few days before surgery, too.) You’ll check in and meet with your nurse, anesthesiologist and surgeon during this time.
  • Bring your health insurance card. Also bring a picture ID and a credit card to pay for any prescriptions you may need when you go home from surgery.
  • Leave most personal belongings at home. This includes jewelry and large amounts of money.
  • Bring your contacts or glasses case. You can’t wear contacts or glasses during surgery. We’ll keep them in a safe place, along with any other belongings, while you’re in surgery.
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After your surgery

Once your procedure is done, you’ll be moved to the recovery room. How long you stay in the recovery room depends on the type of anesthesia you were given.  A nurse will watch you closely and make sure you’re comfortable.

When your care team says you’re ready to go home:

  • Have someone drive you home. Many people find it helpful to have someone stay with them at home for 12 to 24 hours after surgery.
  • Don’t drive for at least 24 hours. Your care team will tell you when it’s safe.
  • Rest and eat lightly. Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours after surgery. Drink plenty of clear liquids.
     
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