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What to expect your surgery at washington hospital center

What to expect: Your surgery at Washington Hospital Center

A guide for outpatient and inpatient surgery


Your surgery at washington hospital center

Your surgery at Washington Hospital Center

We are a team of surgery specialists: surgeons, nurses, doctors and physician assistants. We are here to make your surgery experience as smooth as possible. This slideshow will give you information about what to expect both before and after surgery, whether you are having surgery as an outpatient or an inpatient.


Outpatient prior to surgery

Outpatient: Prior to Surgery

The nurses from the Admissions Testing Center (ATC) will review your procedure and medical history. They will call you to confirm your tests:

Blood work

Chest x-ray

Electrocardiogram

Physical exam


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Outpatient: Prior to Surgery

Depending on your insurance, these tests may be completed at the Hospital Center in the ATC or at your insurance company’s designated provider.

If you feel sick, tell the nurse. It is not a good idea to have surgery when you are not well.

If you need to have blood transfusions, you will have previously discussed this with your doctor or the nurse from the ATC.


Outpatient day before surgery

Outpatient: Day Before Surgery

A nurse from the ATC will call you to confirm the time of your surgery. You can ask her any questions you may have.


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Outpatient: Day Before Surgery

Unless your doctor instructs otherwise, starting at midnight, NO eating, drinking, smoking, candy or gum.

Your doctor or the nurse from the ATC will give you special instructions regarding your regular medications, if you have any.

Do not shave the site of your surgery.


Outpatient day of surgery

Outpatient: Day of surgery

Dress in loose, comfortable clothing that you will be able to put on after surgery.

Leave valuables at home.

Arrive at the hospital at least two hours before your surgery.


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Outpatient: Day of Surgery

Arrive at the hospital at least two hours before surgery.

You should bring a friend or family member with you. That person can stay with you until you are ready to go to the OR.


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Outpatient: Day of Surgery

Register at the ATC. You will need your:

Government issued identification card

Health insurance card

Copayment, if necessary (payable by cash, check, or credit card)


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Outpatient: Day of Surgery

You will receive a hospital ID bracelet

You will be checked before the procedure

Sick family members should not be present, because surgery patients are highly susceptible to infection


Inpatient day of surgery

Inpatient: Day of Surgery

You will be picked up 90 minutes before the surgery. If you have any visitors, make sure they come 2 hours before your surgical time.

A family member may stay with you until you go into the OR.

Your doctor will come to see you to talk about your surgery.


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Outpatient: Day of Surgery

You will be interviewed by the surgical nurse and anesthesiologist. These questions may seem repetitive, but they are important for identification purposes.

You will also sign some necessary forms before surgery.


Outpatient before surgery

Outpatient: Before surgery

Your surgical nurse will take your vital signs.

Your IV will be started with medication.


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Outpatient: Before surgery

Your nurse will check your armband again.

You will need to remove all jewelry, eyeglasses or contact lenses.

If space permits, your family can wait with you.


Outpatient preoperative holding

Outpatient: Preoperative holding

Some of the same questions will be asked again, but they are important, so please answer them fully.


Inpatient surgery

Inpatient: Surgery

You will be picked up 90 minutes before the surgery.

If you have any visitors, make sure they come 2 hours before your surgical time.


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Inpatient: Surgery

You will be moved onto an OR bed and then into the OR. You can expectthe room to be cool. Many people will be present, and there will be many instruments and bright lights.

Relax and ask any questions that will help make you feel more comfortable.


Outpatient surgery

Outpatient: Surgery

During surgery, your vital signs will be monitored, including your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing.

You will receive oxygen through a mask and IV sleep medication.

After you are asleep, you may have a tube inserted down your throat to help with your breathing.


Inpatient after surgery

Inpatient: After surgery

Your doctor will come talk to your family members to tell them about your surgery.


Outpatient after surgery

Outpatient: After surgery

As you wake up from the anesthesia, you will be resting comfortably in the PACU, a semi-private area, where your vital signs will be monitored.

If you are in pain, please tell your nurses, so they can give you pain medication.

Your throat will be dry, so the nurses will give you ice chips.

Your family will be able to see you as soon as you are fully awake. This could take an hour. Your surgeon will come in and discuss the procedure with you.

Most patients stay in the PACU no longer than one to three hours.


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Inpatient: After surgery

You will be transferred from the PACU to a patient care unit, where you will be carefully monitored as you recover.

You will probably have a PCA pump, a machine that allows you to control the amount of pain medicine you can give yourself.


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Inpatient: After surgery

You must walk after surgery, as it helps prevent complications.

You may be on a special diet or clear liquids immediately following surgery.

Family can visit during each unit’s established visiting hours.


Outpatient going home

Outpatient: Going home

Once you are ready to go home, you will be discharged from the PACU.

The nurses will give you light refreshments and instructions for home.


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Outpatient: Going home

You CANNOT drive yourself. We will not let you leave unless you have a responsible adult with you. Your surgery will be cancelled if you do not have a responsible adult with you.

Please follow your doctor’s instructions very carefully. If you have any questions, please contact the numbers you were given.


More questions call us at

More questions?Call us at:

202-877-DOCS (3247)


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