What the patient should expect prior to surgery will be outlined below in very simple terms.

  • You will meet with a nurse who will assist you in completing your care plan and review what you should expect before and after the surgery. Your health history will also be reviewed by the nurse. You may be asked questions bordering on allergies and medications you have been taking.
  • Your signature will be required on a consent form – that is if you have not done so already
  • If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the healthcare team.
  • You will be asked to move into a hospital gown. A hospital identification bracelet will also be given to you.
  • Blood tests may or may not be required. In the even that they are required, then a sample of blood will be drawn from your vein for the purpose.
  • Special tests such as X-rays, or ultrasound may be done. This may require moving into another hospital department to get it done.
  • An intravenous line will be started in your arm if there’s any need for sedation or general anesthesia. You may also receive an antibiotic to prevent infection.
  • Blood pressure, temperature and pulse reading will be taken
  • When you get into the surgery, your family will be led into the waiting room. The surgeon will discuss with your family after the surgery.


Source: Allina Health’s Patient Education Department, Surgery: What you need to know, surg-ah-21686; Preparing for Surgery (While you are in the hospital), surg-ah-111-05.

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