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Pre-Operative Information

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 pre-admit phone call visit.
  • Surgeon’s office will get approval from your insurance provider if needed.
  • The pre-admit department will contact you via phone at the time of your scheduled phone call appointment that was made by your surgeon’s office. 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 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. If they have not, pre-admit can help guide you to the nearest location to fit your schedule. Sometimes you may need additional testing done; pre-admit will guide you as to the nearest location to fit your schedule.
  • The admitting 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 ask us how we can help.

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. Take your pre-op shower the night prior and the morning of surgery as instructed.
  • Your surgeon may give you additional instructions.

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.
  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?
  4. Take notes.
    • 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.

Hospital Food

  • 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.
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