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What to Expect When you have Surgery at Memorial

Before Surgery

Once your physician has scheduled a surgery at Memorial, patients will begin by preregistering for the procedure. Patients can preregister up to 2 or 3 weeks before the day of surgery. Patients will visit our PMC (Perioperative Medical Clinic), located in the Main Lobby of Memorial Medical Center.

In the PMC, we will gather your medical and surgical history and get a list of your medications. While visiting the PMC, patients meet our nurse practitioner to discuss any concerns. All required preoperative testing will take place, such as laboratory tests or an EKG test. Patients will also be given instructions for what to do on the day of surgery and what to expect, including after their surgery. Patients will also review and sign surgery consent forms.

On the day before surgery, patients will receive a phone call or text message from the hospital with more information about when and where to arrive for their surgery.

On the Day of Your Surgery

Patients may have to arrive up to 2 hours before the surgery is scheduled. Once you have arrived, our team will check your vital signs and complete any follow-up testing that is needed, such as laboratory testing. For elective cases, patients will be required to obtain a COVID-19 test at the hospital or a location of your choice, with results needed at least 72 hours prior to surgery. You will be put into a hospital gown and an IV will be started. We will update your medical history and prepare you for surgery. Once prepped, patients again visit with the surgeon, anesthesia and operating room team. Once the surgery is confirmed with the surgical team, patients are connected to monitoring systems and the surgery will be performed.

After Surgery

After surgery, patients are moved to the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), also known as the recovery room. Patients here are monitored by our nursing team as the anesthesia wears off and they go through phases of recovery. The PACU team will make sure patients are awake and alert, that pain is being controlled, and that their vital signs, such as blood pressure, oxygen, and temperature, are stable. Once patients meet the standards of care for PACU, they can be discharged if they had an outpatient procedure, or transferred to the acute care floors if they need to be hospitalized.