The Day Of Your Surgery

On the day of your procedure, please use our free valet parking located at the main hospital entrance. Proceed to the Guest Services Desk in the 1st floor hospital lobby so that a Representative can take you to the appropriate area of the hospital to check-in for your procedure.

After finishing any remaining paperwork in Admissions, our Guest Services Representative will escort you and your guests to our Family Waiting Area located on the 3rd floor of the hospital. Your guests will receive a brochure that provides them with important information about the hospital during their visit. They will also be assigned a patient case number. This number will allow them to track your progress during your procedure by the OSH Integrated Patient Tracking System. This computerized system updates your surgical progress via monitors located throughout the Family Waiting Area.

Pre-Op

Once you have checked in at the main desk in the Family Waiting Area you will be escorted to the Pre-Op area. You will be taken to your Pre-Op room to change and be prepped for surgery. Private lockers are available for your convenience.

You will:

• Females:  all females, ages 10-55 will be required by anesthesia to give a urine specimen for a pregnancy test on the day of surgery. No tampons are permitted in the OR. Please wear a sanitary napkin.
• Sign consent forms. You should read through the consent carefully before signing it and ask your physician if you need additional information.
• Confirm your information. Different staff may ask you to confirm information such as your name, birthday and the surgery you are having.
• Put on an ID bracelet. Be sure to confirm that all the information on the ID bracelet is correct. Please inform a staff member if anything is incorrect.
• Have your vital signs checked. These include blood pressure, temperature and pulse.
• Remove personal items. This includes contact lenses, dentures and jewelry, including body jewelry.

You may be asked to:
• Empty your bladder and bowels. Depending on your surgery, you may also have an enema. (Some patients have the enema at home.)
• Have the surgical site marked. Your nurse may mark the site with a pen or marker, depending on your scheduled procedure.
• Receive an intravenous (IV) line. This will help you get needed fluids and medications during surgery.
• Take medications. For example, medications to help prevent nausea, prevent infections, or to lessen pain.

Your Surgical Team

A surgical team has several members. They may include:
• Surgeon – Performs the operation. (Another physician may assist.)
• Scrub technician – Prepares the surgical instruments and helps with the operation.
• Circulating scrub nurse – Ensures that everyone follows sterile procedures and that all needed equipment and supplies are available.
• Anesthesia specialist – Gives you anesthesia and carefully monitors your condition.
• Other technicians – Help out as needed.

They will wear gowns, masks, gloves, hair covers and shoe covers. Some may also wear special glasses or face shields.

Prior To Surgery

Before starting the surgery, the surgical team will do a final check. This is also called a “time-out”. They will reconfirm information such as your name and date of birth, the type of surgery, and the surgical site. If you are awake at this point, the team may involve you in the time-out.

You will be positioned on a padded table. Safety straps will hold you in place. The room may feel cool.

Monitors will be placed on your body to closely monitor your vital signs throughout surgery.

Inpatient Surgeries Only
(Patients requiring an overnight stay)

In order to prevent interruption in your home medication routine during your stay, bring your prescription medications (excluding any pain, anxiety, sleeping or muscle relaxant medications) in their original bottles into the Pre-Op area on the day of surgery. Medications which can not be identified may not be used during your stay. The container must clearly identify dosage requirements for the medication. Your attending physician may substitute the appropriate formulary item for any daily maintenance medication not in the original container with dosage information.

Your personal belongings should be kept to a minimum, but feel free to bring toiletries, pajamas and other personal effects. Your family or friends may bring anything else you may require after you arrive to your room. Please leave valuables at home. One adult may stay with you overnight in your room.

Oklahoma Surgical Hospital