Preparing for Surgery

Before Surgery

Please follow these steps to make your visit to Lourdes as easy as possible.

Pre-Admission Testing

Central Registration is located on the Ground Floor of the new Ambulatory Care Center - to the right as you enter through the new main entrance.

Your physician will decide if any pre-admission tests need to be ordered before your surgery. Not everyone needs testing. Some of the most common types of tests include: blood, x-rays and EKG (electrocardiogram). These tests can be done before the day of your surgery or on the same day, depending on your physician's instructions. They help your physician assess your body's ability to have surgery.

Located on the ground floor of the Ambulatory Care Center, the new pre-admission testing area is a one-stop-shop for all surgical paitents. Pre-Admission Testing was designed with patient convenience in mind. An increase in the number of patient rooms will allow for better flow and decrease patient wait times. Patients are able to have all of their pre-admission screenings - patient interviews, education, lab work, EKGs, chest x-rays, etc. - done in one place without leaving the Pre-Admission Testing area.

Anesthesia Plan

Prior to your surgery, an anesthesiologist will discuss with you which type of anesthesia is best for you. There are three types of anesthesia. If you are having "general" anesthesia, you will be completely asleep. A second type is called "local" anesthesia and means a small section of your body will be numb. The third type is "regional or block" anesthesia for numbing a specific body part. During regional or local anesthesia, sedation may be given to make you feel more comfortable.

Travel Arrangements

If you are having anesthesia, other than local, please make arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you home after your surgery. There are many important reasons for not driving yourself home, including any lingering effects of anesthesia or medication.

If you live alone, make arrangements for someone to stay with you overnight and longer if necessary, no matter how well you may feel. If you have small children, make arrangements for a baby sitter.


Before your surgery, ask your physician if you should take your usual medication such as heart, high blood pressure medication , or over-the-counter non-prescription drugs. Some medications such as "blood thinners" that include aspirin or ibuprofen may need to be stopped several days before the surgery. If your physician tell you to stop any of your medications, be sure to ask when you can restart them after surgery.

If you have diabetes and take insulin or a diabetic "pill," ask your physician for specific direction about how much medication to take, if any. Some people take less insulin before surgery, other may be directed to take none. Visit our Diabetes Center to learn more about Diabetes.

On the day of your surgery, bring a list of the medication, including doses you take and the times you last took them. Let the nurse know what your physician has instructed you to do about your medication.


Please limit your visitors on the day of your surgery to TWO ADULTS.

If a child is going through surgery, a parent or responsible adult should plan to remain with the child throughout the hospital stay. We encourage you to bring your child's favorite toy.

"Nothing By Mouth"

You will be asked not to eat or drink after midnight unless your physician gives you different instructions. During surgery it is important to have an empty stomach. This includes chewing gum, candy, breath mints, as well as food and drink.

Do not smoke for 24 hours before surgery. Your blood cells carry more oxygen during surgery if you refrain from smoking. You should also notify your physician immediately if you develop any illness, cold, sore throat, cough or elevated temperature.

For more information about Outpatient Surgery, please call 607-798-5321.

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