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At Providence Hospital, we understand that surgery is often the solution you need for a health problem or condition. While preparing for surgery can be a daunting task, the Providence Hospital Surgical Staff is here to educate, prepare, and support you through the surgical process.
Providence Hospital is home to the Gofreddi Operating Suites, our state-of-the-art operating rooms that allow surgeons to perform a variety of operations, from cataract removals to total knee replacements. The surgical services teams help with surgery preparation well before the day of your surgery to help make this process as smooth and comfortable as possible and answer any of your questions.
Preparing for Surgery
Below you will find some general guidelines about how to prepare for the surgery process. Be sure to talk with your doctor about all the steps you need in order to be ready on surgery day.
Important Phone Numbers
Pre-Admission Registration: (202) 269-7334
Questions on Co-Payments/Deductibles: (202) 269-7334
Questions on Bills Received: (202) 269-7890
Surgery Department: (202) 448-4000
Surgery Department Fax: (202) 448-4033
Before Your Surgery
Pre-admission interview and testing is required for your surgery if you are having more than a local anesthetic. Pre-admission testing is done Monday - Friday by appointment only. Please call Ms. Post at 202-448-4000. When you come to Providence for your interview, come to the First Floor Surgical Suites and sign-in at the main desk. The pre-admission nurse will meet with you for an interview, give you your day of surgery instructions, and send you for any needed testing or crutches.
The testing the pre-admission nurse orders for you can be done at Providence Hospital with the exception of some HMO insurances including Bluechoice, Bluechoice Split, MDIPA, Optimum Choice, and Kaiser. If you have your tests done at your primary physician’s office or other location than Providence, please have all required testing results faxed to the surgery department at least three days before your surgery date.
Bring to the interview:
- Your medications (bottles, or a list with name and number of milligrams). Include all aspirin, Advil, Tylenol, vitamins, herbal supplements, and medications you only take occasionally.
- Your photo ID and insurance information
- A list of previous surgeries
- Any pre-testing results done at your primary physician’s office
Day of Surgery
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. No mints, chewing gum, candy, water, juice, ice, coffee, or cigarettes. Nothing goes into your mouth. You may brush your teeth but do not swallow.
- Only take the medications the pre-admission nurse or your physician tells you to take with a sip of plain water.
- You must have a ride home if you are having anesthesia. You may NOT go home alone in a cab, drive yourself, or take the bus or Metro.
- If you are having anesthesia, please arrange for a responsible adult to stay with you for at least the first 24 hours.
- Bring your photo ID, insurance information, and any required co-payment.
- Bring a case for eyeglasses or contacts.
- If you did not have a pre-admission interview, bring your medicine bottles or a list of medicines with the name and number of milligrams. Include all aspirin, Advil, Tylenol, vitamins, herbal supplements, and medications you only take occasionally.
- Remove all jewelry and piercings, and leave valuables at home.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing, no high heels. We suggest large, easy-to-button or zipper shirts for upper body surgery and loose-fitting pants or sweatpants for lower body surgery.
- You can shower the morning of surgery. Please do not use powder, lotion, perfume or cologne. You will be asked to remove all hairpins, headbands, and jewelry once admitted to the pre-operative area.
- You will be given instructions for at-home care in the discharge area. Plan on simple foods for your first meal after surgery. We recommend that you avoid heavily spiced, fried or greasy foods for your first meal. For patients having throat surgery, your surgeon will provide specific food recommendations.
- Bathing, dressing changes and prescription instructions will be reviewed in the discharge area.
- Follow up appointments should be made with your surgeon. At that time you should receive the results of any tests or orders for rehabilitative therapy.
- If you have any problems after your surgery please call your surgeon. If you cannot reach your surgeon and you are experiencing unusually severe pain or heavy bleeding, please call or report to Providence Hospital Emergency Room (202) 269-7001.