The length of your stay depends on the type of surgery you have. Our procedures fall into three categories:
In this video, Kevin Mahoney, DPM, Regions Hospital, explains what you can expect before, during and after your surgery. You'll learn the best ways to take care of your health before surgery. Dr. Mahoney talks about what plans you'll need to make. He also explains what you can expect in the recovery room afterward.
What you need to do to prepare can vary quite a bit, depending on the type of surgery you're having. Your care team will tell you everything you need to know ahead of time. But here's a general idea of what to expect:
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. Set up any child or pet care you may need. Ask a friend or family member to give you a ride home when you’re ready to leave the hospital.
Once your procedure is done, you’ll be moved to the recovery room. You’ll stay here until the anesthesia starts to wear off. A nurse will watch you closely and make sure you’re comfortable.
When your care team says you’re ready to go home:
Get info about support services, food options, guest lounges and more.
Get an idea of what to expect after you leave Regions.
Use our medical transportation service to get home or go to an appointment.