Preparing for Surgery

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Preparing for Surgery

When you speak with our Surgical Scheduler, she will make arrangements for your surgery at the appropriate hospital, and coordinate the schedules of your surgeon, anesthesiologist, the operating room, and your requested time. She will also verify your insurance coverage, inform you of the date and time of the procedure and tell you where and when to arrive. She will also be sure you have appropriate information on diet, medications, and any necessary laxative bowel preparation.

If you have not had a complete physical examination within the last year, it is recommended that you make arrangements to visit your Primary Care Physician prior to surgery to have this done.

Approximately a week before surgery, a nurse from the Hospital Admitting Department will call you to review your health history, and will schedule you for the necessary pre-operative lab tests, x-ray, and/or electrocardiogram. If you have had any of these studies in the three months prior to your scheduled surgery, you should inform the nurse at this time and these tests may not need to be repeated.

We encourage you to plan ahead for some help at home after surgery. While people are generally able to walk, climb stairs, ride in a car, and have an unlimited diet when they leave the hospital, some activities will still be somewhat uncomfortable, and we ask that you not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 6 weeks. Therefore, some assistance with groceries and meal preparation may be advisable.

One Day Before Surgery

On the day before surgery, people who are undergoing a major abdominal operation on the colon are generally asked to confine their diet to clear liquids, and to take two doses of a laxative preparation in the afternoon and early evening to be sure that the colon is as free as possible of fecal material, in order to diminish the chance of infection and other complications at the time of surgery. Otherwise, all normal activities can be pursued on that day.