If you need to stay with us overnight after your surgery, things will be much the same as with Same Day Surgery patients. The difference of course is that after your stay in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) you’ll be taken straight to your private inpatient room.
Your family members can wait in your room for you to arrive after the procedure.
Each room has its own bathroom, television, DVD player, and direct phone number. To use the phone to make free local calls dial "9" first for numbers outside the hospital. Long distance calls will require a calling card.
What to bring
Clothes: Choose comfortable, loose fitting clothes, so you can slip them over your surgical dressings. Button up or zip up shirts will be the easiest to take on and off. The bottoms should also be easy to put on; we recommend sweat pants.
Shoes: For some procedures, such as a total knee or hip replacement, it’s important to get you walking the day after your surgery. You’ll want to have some safe, non-skid walking shoes, so you don’t slip or fall.
- Toiletries, such as your toothbrush, comb, toothpaste, etc.
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses (if applicable) and carrying cases for them.
- Medicare and/or Medicaid cards, insurance cards, and photo ID.
- A list of the medications you're currently taking.
What NOT to bring
Valuables: We recommend that you don't bring any money, jewelry, or other valuables that could be lost or stolen. Ask your family members to take care of your valuables for you during your hospital stay.
Your family will be able to visit you after your surgery. Ask for their help to bring in anything you may have forgotten.
Because your privacy and healing are important to us, visiting hours will be based upon your needs. If you want to limit phone calls or visitors, please tell your nurse.
A family member may stay with you in the hospital throughout your stay if you choose. Please inform your nurse if a family member wishes to stay with you.
Sleep and quiet environments are connected to better healing. In an effort to help you heal, each night at 9 p.m. we institute a quiet at night protocol where noises and disruptions are kept to a minimum. Please help us maintain a quiet healing environment for all our patients.