Thank you for choosing SRMC for your surgical procedure. The following provides a general overview of preparing for your visit and what to expect the day of your procedure.
If your surgical procedure is scheduled more than 48 hours in advance, an SRMC preadmission clerk will call you at the daytime number you provided to gather important preregistration information. Please call us with any questions at 308.254.5825.
A surgical nurse will call to evaluate and determine if a preoperative visit to the hospital is necessary. Please have a list of all medications and dosages available at the time of the call.
If necessary, your physician will order pre-surgery tests (such as X-rays, laboratory, EKG) to be completed before your surgery.
The nurse will schedule a pre-op visit with you and will answer your questions. The nurse will also let you know what time you should arrive at SRMC for admission and at what time your surgery is scheduled. If you have not been contacted two business days before your surgery, please call the SRMC Surgery department at 308.254.4989, Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm.
Take your medication for your heart and/or high blood pressure with a sip of water. Do not take any other medications unless instructed.
Do not eat or drink (not even water) after midnight the night before surgery unless otherwise instructed for taking medications.
Do not use any tobacco products the evening before or the day of surgery. SRMC is a tobacco-free campus.
If you become ill with a cold or flu before surgery, notify the physician/surgeon who is performing the procedure and SRMC’s surgery department at 308.254.4989, Monday - Friday from 7am - 4pm or 308.254.5825 after hours.
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Take any needed medications with a small amount of water.
Please arrive at the time given during your pre-op visit. You will be called the day before, or Friday for Monday surgery with a reminder with final time to come to the hospital. If you are unsure of the time, call and leave a message at 308.254.4989 as soon as possible. The Surgery department is typically closed Saturday and Sundays.
Parking is located on the south side of the hospital near the main entrance. Our admissions staff is available from 7am - 7pm to check you in and direct you to your service location.
It is important that you bring everything necessary for your appointment. Every patient must bring:
On arrival, you will be given an identification bracelet to wear during your stay. You will then be directed to the surgery area where you will change into a hospital gown. Any additional surgical preparations will be done at this time. If you are given any pre-medications, you must stay in your bed for your own safety. Ask for assistance if you need to get up.
Have someone to drive you home (if you are scheduled to go home the same day). Do not drive yourself to the hospital, as your procedure may be postponed. If you plan to take another form of transportation, you will still need someone to be with you until you get home.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that are easy to change and will not fit tightly over the area of your surgery.
Please try not to bring more than two family members on the day of surgery. Only one person will be allowed to visit you before and after surgery. Other visitors will be directed to another area to wait for your return from surgery.
Children should not come unless absolutely necessary. There must be another adult with them if they should come to the hospital.
Don't bring large sums of money, jewelry, valuables such as electronic equipment or suitcases, even if you are staying overnight.
When having surgery or anesthesia, it is important that you are in the best possible health. If you have a new illness or a flare up of an old condition around the time of a planned surgery, sometimes the safest practice may be to delay the procedure until you are well.
Don't assume that your surgery will be delayed if you are sick. If the procedure is urgent or your illness is related to the surgical problem, then it might be best to go ahead with the procedure as planned.
Contact your surgeon's office as soon as you think you have an illness that might delay surgery.
If you get sick, call the Surgery department at 308.254.4989 and ask to speak to the nurse in charge. The unit is open Monday - Friday.
If your surgery is canceled, contact your surgeon's office to reschedule. Preoperative testing will usually not need to be repeated.
Examples of conditions that may delay surgery Include:
If having surgery or another outpatient procedure, please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you the afternoon or evening after your procedure. After it you receive sedation or general anesthesia, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home
Please take the time to check off these important points to remember before your surgery or test. If you become ill or, for any reason, do not plan to keep your surgery appointment, contact your surgeon or the Surgery team 308.254.5825.