Preparing for Your Operation

Arrangements Before Surgery

If your surgery includes an overnight stay in the hospital, please leave your suit case/bag in your car on the day of surgery. After your stay in the recovery room, you will be assigned a room and the persons who accompany you can bring your belongings to your room.

If you are planning to go home on the same day of surgery, and you receive general anesthesia or any form of sedation or intravenous medication, you MUST have someone to help you get home after your operation. Make arrangements for a friend or relative to drive you home on the day of your operation. We also recommend that you have a responsible adult to stay with you for the first 24 hours as you may be dizzy, lightheaded and sleepy during the first day.

During your operation, your family can wait in a surgical waiting room in any of our facilities. If your family is unable to stay, you will be able to call them after your procedure. Your family can then meet you in the recovery area when you are ready for discharge.

Your time in the recovery room is variable, but usually it will take 1-2 hours. Your recovery room nurse will contact your loved ones in the surgery waiting room to give them an update on your progress.