Surgery Prep & Recovery

Before Your Surgery

  • If you become ill or if there is any change in your health, please notify your physician immediately.
  • For women, if there is any possibility you are pregnant, please notify your physician and a hospital nurse.

Day of Your Surgery

  • Bathe and dry your hair the morning of your surgery. Do not use any styling products or wear make up, perfume, or nail polish.
  • Do not wear or bring any valuables, including watches, rings, or other jewelry.
  • Bring a storage container for contact lenses, dentures, and any other prosthesis. You will need to remove any and all of these items prior to surgery.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Upon arrival, you will change into a gown and slippers provided by the hospital.
  • Arrive promptly at the scheduled time to allow adequate time for admission procedures.
  • Please remember to bring your current medication(s) in the original pill bottle(s).

Outpatient Recovery

After your surgical procedure, you will be monitored in a quiet recovery area until you are ready to go home. Remember, it is normal to feel some discomfort at your surgical site and, depending on the type of anesthesia you received, you may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness.

When you are fully awake, your family will be able to join you in the recovery area until you are discharged. Although the times vary, most patients are discharged one to three hours after surgery. For your safety, please arrange for an adult to drive you home after surgery. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home.

Inpatient Recovery

After your surgery, you will be moved to the recovery area where you will be closely monitored until you are ready to transfer to an overnight room. Once you arrive in your private patient room, your family is welcome to join you.

Patient Room Amenities:

  • Spacious, hotel-like private rooms
  • Flat screen television
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Chef prepared meals

Our goal at Methodist Hospital for Surgery is to protect the health of our patients, staff and community. We are closely monitoring the latest information on the coronavirus illness. We encourage everyone to follow the latest information from the CDC to prevent the spread of infection. If you have concerns or questions about COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms, please contact your primary care provider.

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