Please take the following information into consideration to make your surgery as easy as possible.
Clothing and Personal Items
On the morning of your surgery, you should shower or bathe. Leave all money and valuables at home. Do not wear jewelry (body jewelry included) or makeup to the hospital. If you wear contact lenses, bring your container because you will be asked to remove them. If you have a wedding band, it can remain on your finger. A nurse will secure it with tape.
Wear loose fitting clothing to the hospital so that you can get your clothes over a bandage when you go home. For example, eye surgery patients should not wear pull-over shirts and knee surgery patients should not wear tight trousers or jeans. You may also bring your robe and slippers.
Please do wear your hearing aid and glasses. Dentures may be worn. You may or may not be asked to remove these personal items.
If you have not been contacted by the Hospital, please call 607-798-5930 from 1:00 PM - 8:30 PM, 1-2 working days prior to your procedure or surgery. In your private room, you will be asked to put on a patient gown. A nurse will take your vital signs, complete your medical surgery assessment form, review discharge instructions and complete consent forms. Before the operation, your nurse will ask you to go to the bathroom and to remove your contact lenses, dentures, etc.
All inpatients or pediatric patients should report to patient registration where you will be asked to sign your patient chart and wear a name bracelet for identification. A permit for hospital care must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for minors. If you have any questions regarding this, call the patient registration office at 607-798-5773.
You will be asked to sign several consents: Consent to Treat, Release of Insurance Information, Operative Permit, Anesthesia Consent, Health Assessment Form, and other applicable forms.
Surgical Triage Area
If your surgery is scheduled to be done in an operating room, you may be taken to the surgical triage area. The length of time you stay in this area may vary, but someone will always be near should you need assistance or want to ask a question.
The Operating Room
You will have an intravenous infusion (IV) started and members of the operating room team will be monitoring your heart and blood pressure throughout your operation. IV's provide a way to give fluids and/or medications directly into a vein. They also help speed up your recovery period.
Waiting Room for Family
A waiting room near the operating room is available for family members. A staff member is on duty during the day between the hours of 6:30 AM and 4:00 PM. We will be better able to keep your family informed if they let the receptionist know of their whereabouts. After 4:00 PM and on weekends, a nurse in the operating room will keep your family informed of your progress.
For more information about Outpatient Surgery, please call 607-798-5321.