How to prepare for surgery
The day before surgery at Mahaska Health Partnership, a Surgical Services staff member will call you to review a brief history of your past/present medical conditions, allergies and any medications you take, including prescribed and over-the-counter.
The night before surgery:
- Shower or bathe with an anti-bacterial soap
- Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes food, chewing gum, coffee, water and mints. Failure to do this may cause your surgery to be delayed or cancelled.
- Refrain from smoking, chewing tobacco and second hand smoke.
- Take medications as directed with a small sip of water. Follow any specific guidelines as directed by your doctor.
The morning of surgery:
- Shower or bathe with an anti-bacterial soap again.
- Do not wear makeup or nail polish. Contact lenses will be removed prior to surgery so bring your case.
- Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
- Bring your insurance card and picture ID.
- Check in at the registration desk, located on the north side of the MHP campus, entrance #4. Click here for a map of our campus
- Notify your doctor or nurse of any changes in your physical condition such as fever, chills, sore throat, new cough, diarrhea or urinary problems
- Blood test, X-rays or EKG (electrocardiogram) may be performed if ordered by your doctor
- A pregnancy test may be required
- Write down any questions you have and bring them with you the day of your surgery.
- An anesthetist will meet with you to:
Review your medical information
Sign the necessary consents
Review current medications you are taking
Discuss the type of anesthesia to be given
Answer any questions or concerns you may have
During and After Surgery:
- Your family and friends will be shown to the spacious surgical visitor’s lounge, complete with vending machines and free coffee. Volunteers are available to communicate updates during your procedure and a consultation room is nearby where the surgeon will meet with your visitors after your operation.
- Once you are awake after surgery, you will be moved to recovery where you will be monitored before returning home.