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    Your Guide to Outpatient Surgery
    Sutter Roseville Medical Center

    To make your surgery as worry free as possible, we've put together a guide to give you the information you'll need.

    Preparing for Surgery
    Day of Surgery
    After Surgery
    Special Notes for Children


    Preparing for Surgery
    • Complete a pre-registration form and mail it to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, One Medical Plaza, Roseville, CA 95661.

    • Complete your health evaluation.

    • Have any laboratory tests taken no later than the day before surgery. Most tests can be completed at Sutter Roseville.

    • Stop smoking 24 hours before surgery.

    • Arrange for a responsible adult to take you directly home after surgery. Under no circumstances can you drive yourself or take public transportation home. If you do not have transportation, your surgery will be rescheduled.

    • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, coffee or tea, after midnight before surgery. Your stomach must be empty the day of your surgery or the procedure will be rescheduled.

    • Notify your physician of any illness or cold within one week of surgery.

    • Sutter Roseville staff will call you to review these instructions, confirm your arrival time at the Medical Center, answer your questions and gather other pre-registration information.
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    The Day of Surgery
    • Leave your valuables at home, including your watch, rings and other jewelry.

    • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that is easy to take off and put on.

    • Shower or bathe the morning of surgery. Trim and clean your nails if you are having hand or foot surgery. Do not wear cosmetics if you are scheduled for facial surgery.

    • Bring your health evaluation form and insurance identification.

    • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a case for safekeeping. You may wear your hearing aids and/or dentures. Denture containers will be provided if needed.

    • Convenient, free parking is available near the Sutter Roseville Medical Center main entrance.

    • You will be registered and asked to sign consent forms for treatment, surgery, anesthesia and insurance billing when you arrive.

    • Do not eat or drink anything including water, coffee or tea.

    • The anesthesiologist will review the nature of your surgery, your overall health and medical history and select the most appropriate anesthetic for you. General anesthesia enables you to 'sleep” through the procedure. Local anesthesia numbs only the area being operated on.

    • The person accompanying you can remain with you until surgery. During surgery, he or she can wait in the surgical waiting area on Level 2.
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    After Surgery
    • If you had general anesthesia, you will be under nursing care in the recovery room until you are fully awake. After you wake up, we will take you to the recovery lounge.

    • If you had a local anesthetic, you will rest and have refreshments in the recovery lounge until you are ready to leave.

    • Your final recovery will take place in your home. Do not make plans after surgery except to relax and get a good night's sleep.

    • You may feel drowsy or weak for several hours after surgery. It generally takes 24 hours for anesthesia effects to wear off completely.

    • Arrange for someone to stay with you at home for the day. It may also be helpful, and even necessary, for someone to stay with you overnight.

    • Eat lightly and do not drink alcoholic beverages or take non-prescription drugs for 24 hours after surgery.

    • Follow your doctor's instructions on diet, medications, bathing and activity. Call your doctor immediately if you have any problems or questions.
    A nurse from the Sutter Roseville Surgery Department will call you after a day or two to check on your progress and to answer any questions you may have.
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    Special Notes for Children
    Surgery can be a stressful experience, no matter how minor the operation. Children are especially likely to worry and be anxious. Sutter Roseville Medical Center is designed to be comfortable for children. There are special reception and recovery rooms for young patients, and families are encouraged to be with children before surgery and during recovery.
    • Before surgery, you and your child are invited to attend a tour of the Sutter Roseville Medical Center to familiarize you both with the surroundings, the staff and the procedures. The tour is given every Wednesday at 5 p.m. and lasts approximately 30 minutes. The tour begins at the surgery registration area on Level 2 of Sutter Roseville. Call the outpatient department at (916) 781-1400 for more information and for directions to the registration area.


    • Remember that your child should have nothing to eat or drink, including water, after midnight the evening before surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon or anesthesiologist. If you have any concerns about this, please call the surgery department at (916) 781-1408 and ask to speak with the anesthesiologist.


    • On the day of surgery, your child should wear his or her own pajamas and may bring a special toy or blanket for comfort. Please bring any bottled milk or formula that your infant child may need later.


    • A parent or guardian must accompany patients who are minors and must remain on the Sutter Roseville premises during the entire stay.


    • When you leave, if your child cannot be supported safely by standard seat belts or in a child's car seat, bring another adult to help with the ride home.


    • Instructions for postoperative care at home will be given to you before you leave Sutter Roseville.

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