Day of Surgery

Going in for surgery can be really overwhelming when you don't know what to expect. Learning about the process and getting all your questions answered makes you feel less nervous and more confident. Our care team at Far North Surgery helps making your stay comfortable by providing a caring and relaxing atmosphere.

Checklist for the Day of Surgery

There are many things you should keep in mind before going in for surgery. Review this checklist that will help you better prepare for your surgery:

  • Follow your doctor's instructions about eating, drinking and taking medicines
  • Brush your teeth and take a bath or shower
  • Take off your jewelry and any body piercings
  • Bring your photo ID and all required insurance documents
  • Bring containers for your glasses, hearing aids, dentures or contact lenses
  • Leave all your valuables at home
  • Arrive early before your surgery time or as instructed by your surgical team
  • Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothes
  • Bring any medical equipment that you need such as a walker, CPAP or a cane

Check-in and Admission Process

Once you arrive at our surgery center, check in at our registration desk where your personal, insurance and escort information are verified. You should have your ID and insurance card during the admission. After checking in, you will be escorted to the pre-op area where our staff will provide you an ID bracelet, hospital clothing and will explain what to expect in the surgery room.

Following Admission

The nurse will record your vital signs and will prepare you for the surgery. The anesthesiologist will discuss the anesthesia options and will help you decide the best option for you. You will be asked to sign an anesthesia consent form. Your surgeon will visit you for any final questions and evaluations. Intravenous fluids are started, and medicines are given, if required.

During the Surgery

Once you are in the operating room, monitoring devices such as EKG, blood pressure cuff and other devices are attached for your safety. Your anesthesiologist will remain with you throughout the surgical procedure. Depending on your surgery, other members of the care team such as nurses, nurse practitioners, surgical residents, and surgical assistants will be present.

Questions to Ask on the Day of Surgery

It's essential to get answers to any questions you may have before your surgery. We have compiled the following frequently asked questions:

Why can't I wear makeup during my surgery?

You should not wear any makeup during your surgery. When you are under anesthesia, you don't have a blink reflex. Small particles of your makeup products (especially mascara) can cause injury to your eyes. Also, hair products, makeup, and nail polish are flammable, so you should not wear them during your surgery.

What does it mean by "monitoring vital signs"?

Vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, and heart rate are constantly monitored by your anesthesiologist and nursing staff. If they notice any changes in your vital signs that indicate a danger, they will take appropriate steps to correct it.

Will I need to have an IV placed before surgery?

Yes, an IV (intravenous catheter) is placed before the surgery so that fluids and medications can be delivered safely and quickly through your vein. It is usually inserted while in the preoperative area by your anesthesiologist and nursing staff.

Will I need to have a Foley catheter?

Depending on the type or length of the surgical procedure, your surgeon or anesthesiologist may insert a Foley catheter for your safety. It is placed after you are given anesthesia, so you won't feel it. The amount of urine that passes through the catheter is measured during the surgery and indicates the state of your health.

If I am feeling anxious before the surgery, can I get some medication?

Your anesthesiologist can prescribe you some medications to calm you. However, these medications are given after you have signed your consent form and consulted your surgeon.

Why is it cold in the operating room?

As you do not wear your usual clothes, you will feel cold in the operating room. Your surgical team wears full-length gowns, gloves and masks and they move around and work hard during your operation. Should they perspire, it would be a risk to you.

How will I be protected from infection during my surgery?

Your surgical team maintains a sterile field during your surgical procedure. They will wear a mask over their mouth and nose, some may wear a full hood that covers their head, many will wear a sterile gown and sterile gloves. Disposable supplies are sterilized by the manufacturer while reusable instruments are sterilized before each use.

If any sterile item comes in contact with an item that is not sterilized and anyone in your surgical team notices this, they will inform the others immediately; it is called surgical conscience. That item is then removed from the sterile field, re-sterilized or replaced, if needed.

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