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    Day of Surgery
    Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

    • Please plan to arrive 2 hours in advance of your scheduled surgery time.
    • Bring your picture identification and insurance information. Bring a copy of your Advance Directive for Health Care if you have one. If you are the legal guardian of the patient, please bring your guardianship papers.
    • Bring any x-rays, lab results or other papers that your doctor has given to you. If you have a pacemaker or defibrillator please bring your implant card.
    • When you arrive, please check in at the Security Desk for further instruction and directions to the Pre-Op Unit on the 3rd Floor of Ose Adams Medical Pavilion.
    • Leave your valuables at home including your watch, rings and other jewelry.
    • If you have pierced jewelry, please remove it before coming to the hospital.
    • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that is easy to take off and put on.
    • Shower or bathe the morning or your surgery. Trim and clean your nails if you are having hand or foot surgery.
    • Do not wear cosmetics if you are having facial surgery. Do not wear perfume, cologne or lotion.
    • If you wear contact lenses, please bring a case to put them in. You may wear hearing aids and /or dentures.
    • Do not bring any medication with you except inhalers unless instructed to do so by the nurse or your doctor.
    • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, coffee or tea after midnight before surgery unless directed by your doctor.
    • Once in the Ambulatory Care Unit, the nurse will review your health history, medications and start an intravenous line on all adults and children over 7 years of age.
    • Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will visit you prior to your surgery and answer any last minute questions you may have before your surgery. For more anesthesia information visit
    • The person accompanying you can remain with you in the ambulatory care unit until you are taken back into surgery. Once you are in surgery, family members can wait in the surgical waiting room.
    • We take your scheduled surgery/procedure time seriously and fully intend to honor that schedule. Experience has taught us, however, that it is wise to regard the scheduled time as flexible. This means that your surgery could be performed early if a prior surgery took less time than planed or it could be late if the prior surgery took more than the expected time. We realize that this can be difficult for you and are committed to updating you regularly.

    Safety Measures
    Several safety measures are taken for all of our patients as part of your surgery.

    • You will be asked several times during the day to state your name and the procedure you are having done. This will be checked against your armband and the information on your chart.
    • If you are having a surgery that involves a body part on the right or left, front or back, your doctor will mark the spot and check with you that the correct surgery is being performed.
    • Prevention of infection is of the utmost importance to us. Hand washing technique is practiced by all staff and antibacterial foam is used when leaving and entering a patient area. Antibiotic therapy is practiced based on national guidelines and your physicians practice.
    • Before your procedure begins, all staff, including your surgeon, stop and perform a “Time Out” to review again the procedure to be done and verification of correct site.