Before you enter the hospital for surgery, a number of preparations will be made via phone including:
- Surgeon’s office will schedule your surgery and will get approval from your insurance provider if needed.
- The pre-admit department will contact you via phone. Please have available all your medications with dosages, your medical and surgical history. You will be instructed to take a pre-op shower and given instructions on what medications to take the morning of surgery. Please have a pen and paper available to write down your instructions. If you have any questions for the pre-admit department, write them down ahead of time to help you remember. The department is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed on holidays. Please call 772. 223.2840 for more information.
- Your labs and diagnostics will be done prior to surgery. The surgeon’s office may give you a prescription to get your labs/diagnostics done. Sometimes you may need additional testing done; Pre-admit can help and guide you to the nearest location.
- The Pre-Certification Department will also be calling you to update your demographics and insurance. You will be informed of your deductible, co-insurance or co-pay. Use this time to ask any questions you may have, including financial arrangements.
- Arrange to have a family member or friend pick you up and bring you home the day you will be discharged. If you need transportation, please let your physician’s office know.
Please call 772.223.2840 for more information
The Night Before Your Surgery
- If you are having surgery, please make sure not to eat or drink anything (no coffee, water, gum, mints) after midnight the night before your surgery. Please remember to take the medications you were instructed to take the morning of surgery with a sip of water.
- Your surgeon may give you additional instructions.
Pre-operative Surgical & Shower Instructions
Prepare for your upcoming surgery with these simple steps:
- Before Surgery, you can play an important role in reducing your risk of infection at the surgical site by decreasing the number of germs on your skin.
- Prior to your surgery, you should plan on showering or take a bath the night before surgery and the morning of surgery. You should use an antibacterial soap (i.e. Dial) to scrub the area where surgery will be performed. This is intended to limit the growth of germs which may be present on your skin.
- In addition, the hair on your chest, legs, and abdomen may be shaved by a surgical team in order to help make your skin as free as germs as possible. This is intended to limit the growth of germs which may be present on your skin.
- If you become ill before your surgery, please notify your physician immediately. They may want to make sure that you are well enough and may want to perform additional tests.
Follow these simple guidelines the EVENING BEFORE SURGERY:
- Shower the night before surgery with an antibacterial soap (i.e. Dial) or with an antibacterial solution (i.e. Hibiclens) that can be purchased at your local pharmacy.
- Special cleaning attention should be given to the axilla (arm pits), under the breasts or folds in the skin, and the groin area.
- During your shower, you should scrub your skin in the area where your surgery will be. You should scrub the area for approximately three (3) minutes.
- Also remember to change your bed linens the night before your surgery as well.
- Do not sleep with your pets after you have performed your pre-surgical shower.
- The morning of your surgery, you should also take another shower.
- Remember to shower early enough that your hair should be dry before your scheduled surgery time.
- Please remember to wear clean clothing / pajamas after your shower.
- Please also avoid using body emollients, oils, creams, deodorant, make-up, and lotions after washing and using your skin prep. Some products may decrease the effects of your antibacterial soap and shower. By following these simple steps we can help reduce your surgical infection risks. If you should have any other questions regarding your pre-surgical needs, please contact your physician.
Please Leave These Things at Home
- Remove all of your jewelry before coming to the hospital and leave it at home for safekeeping. This includes wedding rings, all body piercings and toe rings.
- Other valuables such as money and credit cards, etc. (If you do bring valuables, please ask about storing them in the hospital safe. Valuables will only be released to you or your legal representative during regular cashier hours.)
- Electrical appliances. (If you have a specific need, please talk with your nurse.)
- You may bring your glasses, dentures, hearing aides, etc., but Martin Health cannot be responsible for breakage or loss of items kept in your room.
- Please bring a photo ID and your insurance cards.
How to Get to the Hospital
How to Get the Best Health Care
1.Have a Living Will (Advance Directives).
- Let your loved ones know what decisions to make on your behalf in the event you are suddenly unable to do so.
- Be involved in your health care.
2.Know your health status.
- Know what is being recommended and why it is best for you.
- Know your rights and responsibilities.
- You'll prevent errors and get better care and results.
3.Ask questions until you understand.
- Why is the test or treatment needed?
- How will it help my condition?
- Is it covered by my insurance?
- What costs will I be responsible for?
- When will I get the results?
- Ask your health care provider to repeat key points.
- Have a friend or relative listen with you. Two pairs of ears are better than one!
- Keep a list of the medications you take.
- Make sure your health care providers know what medications you take. Print out this Personal Medication Record form and use it to list your medications.
- See medication safety tips.
5.Have a friend, family member or advocate come with you.
- Have someone speak up on your behalf.
- Be comforted by having someone to support you.
- Patients may order from our room service menu. A number of options, such as breakfast foods for dinner, are available. Meals may be ordered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Family members may order guest trays from the room service menu so family can eat together.
Discharge from the Hospital
Our Case Management team assists with arrangements for your discharge from the hospital, including:
- Any necessary home assistance from a visiting nurse.
- Medical equipment or supplies.
- Short-term nursing facility placement, if necessary.
- Medications required for your recovery.