The Day of Your Procedure

It is important that you arrive on time for your procedure. It is also important that you have taken any medication(s) you were instructed to take, that you come dressed appropriately, and that you have taken care of all your personal matters including arranging transportation and a caregiver for you at home.
 
Here are some suggestions to make this part of the process run smoothly.
 
Arrive Early
Plan to arrive two hours before your scheduled surgery or a procedure that requires anesthesia. Arrive 1 1/2 hours prior to a procedure that is an endoscopy procedure and no anesthesia. This allows for any additional lab work or tests to be completed that your doctor may order that day. While you do have an appointment for your procedure, sometimes events occur that cause schedules to change. We will make every effort to keep you comfortable during your stay here.
 
Clothing, Jewelry, & Other Valuables
Before your visit, shower and dress in loose, comfortable clothing. You may be instructed to shower with special soap to help prevent infection. Think about where on your body you are having your surgical procedure and whether parts of your wardrobe, such as a belt or tight cuff, might bind or restrict that area afterward. You should be as comfortable as possible when you get ready to go home. Remove all jewelry, piercings, lotions, perfumes or nail polish prior to arriving for your procedure.
 
Prior to your procedure, you will be asked to remove all your clothing and we will provide you with a hospital gown, robe and slippers. We will make every effort to ensure your privacy and dignity during your visit. Please speak to your nurse if you are menstruating or have other special concerns. For your safety, all rings must be removed and may be cut off if you are unable to remove them.
 
Please leave all valuables at home. We can provide the option of using the hospital safe, you’ll just need to let us know if you need something put in the safe. If you plan on signing an Advance Directive packet the only thing you will need is your driver's license.
 
Medications
On the morning of your procedure, take any medications your doctor has instructed you to take with a small amount of water.
 
Personal Matters
It is important to arrange for someone to speak on your behalf in case of an emergency. It is also a good idea to arrange for someone to take care of your children or pets in case your visit is extended overnight or longer.
 
Transportation Home
As a safety precaution, we do not dismiss patients who plan to take a taxi home unless a friend or family member is with you. Whenever possible, arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up after your procedure and assist you in getting home safely. For safety of patients, any patient that has received anesthesia must have a caregiver for 24 hours after the surgery or 6 hours after a procedure that requires conscious sedation. If you do not have anyone to help you, make your physician aware prior to your scheduled procedure.
 
For more information
For more information about surgery services at Providence Alaska Medical Center, please call (907) 212-6031. To find general information and specific health topics, visit our online health library.