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Preparing for Surgery

We aim to make your admittance to the hospital proceed as smoothly and comfortably as possible. One way to ease any concerns you may have is to familiarize yourself with the process before you arrive. Therefore, in this section, we will give you some details about what you can expect when you come to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to undergo a surgical procedure. Please be sure to ask any member of your healthcare team if you have further questions about your upcoming surgery.

When preparing for Surgery at Weill Cornell:

  • You will need to call between 4:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. the evening before the scheduled surgery to find out the time and place for your arrival. You will be given the correct number to call by your physician or during pre-admission testing. If the surgery is scheduled for Monday, call on Friday. If it is scheduled after a holiday, you will need to call evening before the holiday.
  • Once you arrive at the surgery unit, you will be given pajamas and slippers in a bag and will be taken to a changing room. If you have brought an overnight bag, it will be taken to the nurses' station on your unit.
  • A nurse will then interview you in a private interview room and ask you some general health questions. The nurse will also conduct a brief examination including taking your temperature and blood pressure, measuring height and weight, and listening to your heart through a stethoscope. You will then be taken to the waiting room to wait for your surgery.
  • The surgeon and anesthesiologist will speak to you either in the interview room or the operating room.
  • Before you are taken to the operating room, you will sign a consent form.
  • A Nurse Liaison is available from 10:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. to update any family members or friends who may be in the waiting room during your surgery.

Ambulatory Surgery
Following your ambulatory surgery:
  • Your will be moved from the recovery room to a holding area - a short-stay recovery area until you are ready to be discharged.
  • Once you have recovered sufficiently from the anesthesia, can drink some liquids and have met the criteria for discharge, you will be able to go home.
  • You will be given instructions regarding your diet, activities and medications. You will need to call for a follow-up appointment.
  • You will receive a follow-up call from a nurse the following day.
Overnight Stay
When you are ready to leave the recovery room, you will be taken to your hospital room. A member of the Escort Service will delivery your belongings to the Nurses Station of your assigned floor.

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