Please take the following information into consideration
to make your surgery as easy as possible.
Clothing and Personal Items
On the morning of your surgery, you should shower or bathe.
Leave all money and valuables at home. Do not wear jewelry (body
jewelry included) or makeup to the hospital. If you wear contact
lenses, bring your container because you will be asked to remove
them. If you have a wedding band, it can remain on your finger. A
nurse will secure it with tape.
Wear loose fitting clothing to the hospital so that you can get
your clothes over a bandage when you go home. For example, eye
surgery patients should not wear pull-over shirts and knee surgery
patients should not wear tight trousers or jeans. You may also
bring your robe and slippers.
Please do wear your hearing aid and glasses. Dentures
may be worn. You may or may not be asked to remove these personal
If you have not been contacted by the Hospital, please call
607-798-5930 from 1:00 PM - 8:30 PM, 1-2 working days prior to
your procedure or surgery. In your private room, you will be asked
to put on a patient gown. A nurse will take your vital signs,
complete your medical surgery assessment form, review discharge
instructions and complete consent forms. Before the operation, your
nurse will ask you to go to the bathroom and to remove your contact
lenses, dentures, etc.
All inpatients or pediatric patients should report to patient
registration where you will be asked to sign your patient chart and
wear a name bracelet for identification. A permit for hospital care
must be signed by a parent or legal guardian for minors. If you
have any questions regarding this, call the patient registration
office at 607-798-5286.
You will be asked to sign several consents: Consent to Treat,
Release of Insurance Information, Operative Permit, Anesthesia
Consent, Health Assessment Form, and other applicable forms.
Surgical Triage Area
If your surgery is scheduled to be done in an operating room,
you may be taken to the surgical triage area. The length of time
you stay in this area may vary, but someone will always be near
should you need assistance or want to ask a question.
The Operating Room
You will have an intravenous infusion (IV) started and members
of the operating room team will be monitoring your heart and blood
pressure throughout your operation. IV's provide a way to give
fluids and/or medications directly into a vein. They also help
speed up your recovery period.
Waiting Room for Family
A waiting room near the operating room is available for family
members. A staff member is on duty during the day between the hours
of 6:30 AM and 4:00 PM. We will be better able to keep your
family informed if they let the receptionist know of their
whereabouts. After 4:00 PM and on weekends, a nurse in the
operating room will keep your family informed of your progress.
For more information about Outpatient
Surgery, please call 607-798-5321.