Knowing what to expect about an upcoming surgery can provide comfort to both you and your family. To help in your preparation, we have outlined information that allows you to take care of some important items before you come to the hospital.
Your surgeon's office will schedule your procedure with our scheduling staff. If necessary, they will contact you with any individualized information and instructions prior to your procedure. It is your responsibility to pre-authorize the procedure with the insurance company; check with your physician's office staff to see if they provide this service.
- Patients must pre-register by calling the number above Monday through Friday 8 am-9 pm.
- Have your insurance information available.
- The Patient Service Representative can send you a link to fill out the health history forms online.
- Financial assistance is available for qualifying patients:
Health History Forms
Complete the required Surgery Health & Medication History forms using one of these options:
- Complete the Surgery Health History & Medication forms securely online. Access to these online history forms is initiated by calling the Pre-Register number above.
- Give your surgery health history to a registered nurse on the phone by calling the Pre-Screen Nurse.
NOTE: We are required for hospital accreditation to have you fill out specific Intermountain surgical health & medication history forms-- which may be in addition to the history forms needed by your surgeon or doctor.
You will be called prior to your procedure with the date and time you should arrive at the facility.
If you will be unavailable the day before your surgery, call us at the Scheduling Arrival Time phone number.
Note: Your arrival time will be earlier than your scheduled procedure time in order to complete the necessary preparations for the procedure.
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- 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, OR SMOKE ANYTHING after midnight the night before your procedure, unless otherwise instructed.
- Gum, breath mints, chewing tobacco, smoking tobacco and vitamins are not to be used within four hours prior to coming to the hospital/surgical center.
- Children under the age of three may have clear liquids until 3 a.m. Clear liquids are defined as: water, apple juice or lemon-lime soda. Breast milk may be given up to midnight.
- What about my medications?
- DO take your heart, blood pressure, asthma, Parkinson's or seizure medications with a sip of water the morning of your procedure.
- DO NOT take any other medications 12 hours prior to procedure. This includes any oral diabetic medication or insulin, unless instructed by the nurse or physician. Bring your insulin with you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Heart cath patients: STOP coumadin 2-4 days prior to the procedure as directed by your physician.
- Cardioversion patients: CONTINUE coumadin as directed by your physician.
- Electrophysiology Study (EPS) patients: STOP antiarrythmic medications as directed by your physician.
- Contact your physician for instructions if you are taking aspirin, aspirin products, MAO inhibitors, or have taken diet pills (phen/fen or redux). Some medications need to be stopped a few days before the procedure.
- 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 (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.