Frequently Asked Questions
Why can't I have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery?
Because stomach contents are hazardous when having any type of anesthesia. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PRE-PROCEDURAL INSTRUCTION - DO NOT EAT, DRINK, CHEW, OR SMOKE ANYTHING after midnight the night before your procedure, unless otherwise instructed.
What about my medications?
- For questions regarding which medications to take before surgery, please consult with the pre-screening nurse in the surgical center - (435) 716-5721.
- Contact your physician for instructions if you are taking aspirin, aspirin products, blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, or have taken diet pills (phen/fen or redux). Some medications need to be stopped a few days before the procedure.
- Please bring a list of all medications (including herbal and over the counter medications) with you the day of your procedure.
- Use your asthma or other lung inhalers in the morning and be sure to bring them with you.
- If you are on oxygen at home, bring it with you.
- If you use CPAP at home, bring it with you.
What if I have special needs (i.e., diabetic, disability, language)?
- Call us and let us know what your needs are.
- Free translation services are available 24-hours-a-day in all spoken languages and ASL.
What if I feel ill before my procedure?
Notify your surgeon if you develop any of the following:
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Cough or congestion
- Chicken Pox exposure/illness within two weeks of surgery
- Any other problems that may interfere with your scheduled surgery
How should I get ready?
- Bathe and shampoo before coming to the hospital - this helps to prevent infection.
- Make sure your hair is dry prior to arriving. Pull back long hair with an elastic band.
- Wear loose clothing that is easy to get off and on, which will fit over a dressing.
- Do not wear any makeup or jewelry (including any body piercing) or metal hair accessories.
- Do not bring other valuables.
What should I bring with me?
- Cases for eyeglasses, contact lenses or hearing aids. All personal belongings will remain with your family member during the procedure.
- If you are staying overnight in the hospital - bring a small bag with personal items only (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, comb or brush, shaving kit, other toiletries).
- Cash or a credit card for your co-pays (depending on your insurance) and filling any post-surgical prescriptions. Note: The cost of prescriptions cannot be added to your bill, unless under Workers Compensation.
- The following documents, if applicable: Photo ID (such as a driver's license), insurance card(s), Medicare and/or Medicaid cards, a completed Living Will or Advanced Directive(if you have one).
Should someone come with me?
- Two visitors - family members or friends - are welcome, but no children under 12 years of age, please.
- One family member should stay within the facility during your stay to receive instructions from the surgical team.
- A parent or guardian of a patient under 18 should stay in the facility until the patient is discharged. (If you are a guardian of a patient, bring copies of forms indicating guardianship or power of attorney.)
- A responsible person should be prepared to drive you home. Driving yourself home is NOT permitted. If you do not have a responsible person to drive you home, your procedure will be cancelled.
- A responsible adult should be prepared to care for you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.