Saint Alphonsus Health System

Preparing for Surgery

This webpage is designed to help you prepare for surgery.

We will be calling you the day before your surgery. The nurse will complete your health history, obtain test results to assure you are ready for surgery, and answer any questions you might have. If you have not heard from us by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to your scheduled surgery, please call 541-523-8128 to speak with a nurse.

Before surgery

  • Arrange for transportation to and from the hospital, as you will be unable to drive. If you live alone, arrange for someone to stay with you on your first night at home.
  • Prepare your bedside at home with items you will want to have within reach, e.g., telephone, medications, water.
  • Request prescriptions from your surgeon so you may have them filled and available at home following surgery. If this is not possible, plan to obtain your prescriptions the day of discharge.

The day before surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight or 8 hours before scheduled procedure (unless otherwise instructed by your health provider). This includes water, gum, hard candy, and lozenges.
  • Notify your surgeon if you develop a sore throat or fever.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • No tobacco products 24 hours before surgery.
  • As needed, write a list of your current medications, herbals, supplements (vitamins), dosage, and time usually taken.
  • Following surgery and your stay in the recovery room, you will return to surgical day care.
  • Your medical condition will be monitored until you are ready to be discharged.
  • Your length of stay after surgery will depend on the procedure and type of anesthesia.
  • Special attention will be given to your comfort so that you experience minimal pain following your procedure. Please advise your nurse if you need pain relief.

The day of surgery

  • It is important to arrive on time.
  • Your anesthetist will explain the most appropriate anesthesia options for your procedure.
  • Nursing staff will show your family to the waiting area. Please invite only 2-3 visitors, as space is limited.
  • It is not unusual to feel mild effects of anesthesia for two or more days following surgery.
  • We will keep you and your family informed of any unexpected delays.
  • Written discharge instructions will include your surgeon's phone number if you have problems or concerns during your recovery.
  • Bring relaxing materials or music.
  • Please bring your inhaler with you.
  • Do not wear heavy make-up or bring valuables and jewelry (including body piercing jewelry) to the hospital.
  • Bring or wear comfortable clothing for your ride home.

24 hours after surgery

  • Do not drive or operate heavy equipment.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not sign important papers or make major decisions.

We look forward to caring for you!