Day of Surgery
Sutter Roseville Medical Center
The day of surgery is filled with anticipation and anxiety. Finding your way and waiting for surgery contribute to the stress. Once surgery is underway, time seems to pass slowly as family and friends wonder about the outcome.
The following information will provide you with a better understanding of the process and why we ask you to arrive early on the day of surgery.
Finding Your Way to Sutter Roseville Medical Center
Print off the Sutter Roseville Medical Center map to help you find parking and where to go for surgery registration. All patients should check in at the Surgery Center registration. Directions & Maps
- Try to a get a good night’s rest before surgery. A well-rested, well-cared for body heals faster.
- Remove all makeup, shower, and wash your hair before surgery. Do not shave, apply any perfumes, moisturizers, deodorant, or body lotions.
- If you brush your teeth after 11pm the night before surgery, be careful not to swallow the water.
- Wear comfortable flat shoes (no high heels) and loose-fitting clothes that are easy to put on and remove. Be sure to ask if there will be any bandages, so that you can plan your clothing accordingly.
- If you wear contact lenses or glasses, please bring a contact case and solution or glass case for safe keeping.
- You can bring your hearing aid, dentures, walker or crutches with you.
- Remove all jewelry, including all body piercings and metal hair clips, before arriving at the surgery center.
- Please don’t bring valuables with you, including laptops, cell phones or other expensive items. We have wireless internet service if your ride brings a laptop.
- Remember to bring your insurance card or information with you in case we have any questions.
- Bring any paperwork, EKG, lab results, etc. that you may have been given to bring with you.
- If you are the guardian or care giver of a minor child or you have power of attorney for a patient, you will need to bring the paperwork showing legal verification with you the day of the surgery.
- Please arrive 1 1/2 hours before your scheduled surgery time.
When You Arrive
Please check in at the front desk. The Admitting Clerk will review necessary paperwork. Next you will be escorted to the pre-op area where your medical history will be updated and necessary vital signs will be taken. Your anesthesiologist will review your medical history and answer any questions. We make every effort to adhere to the surgery schedule and we appreciate your flexibility with any changes that might occur.
Waiting for Surgery
Patients are asked to arrive one and a half hours in advance of their scheduled surgical time for two important reasons:
- It could take up to 40 minutes to get you ready for surgery. First, a nurse will evaluate your physical condition and have you change into a gown. The next step is to establish intravenous access (our nurses are experts at this) and review your paperwork to ensure that everything is in order.
- Occasionally, procedures take less time than anticipated; in which case we will be able to move up the time of your surgery. If that should occur, it is important that the preliminary steps have been completed.
We take your scheduled surgical time seriously and fully intend to honor that schedule. Experience has taught us, however, that it is wise to regard the scheduled surgical time as flexible. This means that your surgery could be performed early if a prior surgery took less time than planned or it could be late if the prior surgery ran late. We also want to let you know that emergencies could cause your surgery to be delayed.
We will keep you informed. Most surgeries occur within 30 minutes before or after the scheduled time. We consider surgery to be “late” if you wait 45 minutes after the scheduled time. We realize that this can be difficult for you and we are committed to updating you every 15-30 minutes on our progress.