Preparing for surgery
Thank you for choosing HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital. These guidelines will explain our pre-admission process and help you prepare for your surgery.
Please follow these general guidelines in preparing for your surgery at St. Lucie Medical Center unless your surgeon or doctor directs you otherwise:
- Stop eating and drinking at midnight the night before your surgery.
- Take your prescribed heart, blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, seizure or pain medications, as discussed with your doctor, with just enough water to swallow them.
- Talk to your doctor if you are on blood thinners.
- Stop insulin the day of your surgery.
- Bathe or shower prior to your procedure and don't apply make-up or lotions.
- Wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewelry (including body piercings).
- Leave valuables, credit cards and money at home.
- Bring containers for contact lenses, glasses, dentures or hearing aids, and place these items in their containers before entering the operating room.
- Pack a small bag with what you'll need for an overnight stay, including pajamas, slippers and toiletries.
In consultation with the anesthesiologist, your surgeon will determine the appropriate type of anesthesia for you. Our board-certified anesthesiologists are highly qualified in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient anesthesia. Your anesthesiologist will evaluate you before surgery and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to talk to your anesthesiologist about any medications you are currently taking, even the over-the-counter drugs.
- Your doctor will talk with your designated caregivers about your procedure.
- Depending on the use of anesthetics during your procedure, you may be taken to a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) to continuously monitor your blood pressure.
- Let your nurse know about any symptoms you experience after your surgery, even if they seem normal, such as dry mouth or blurred vision.
- Your family member will be able to come back to the PACU for a brief visit within an hour of your arrival to PACU.
- Your doctor or nurse will determine when it is appropriate for you to return home or be moved to a post-operative room to continue your recovery.
- Before you are discharged, you and your family member will be given written instructions on how to care for yourself at home and who to call with questions you may have during recovery.