We are here to prepare you mentally and physically for your surgery
In additional to pre-surgery physical exams, the Preoperative Assessment Center provides the following services:
- Health status review. We do a complete review of your medical information to make sure you are optimized for surgery. If not, we will work with your primary care provider to help get you ready.
- Specialty care review. We review which specialists you see to determine whether or not additional tests or follow-up visits would be helpful. In many cases we can determine that your most recent tests give us the information we need. This helps you to avoid unnecessary tests and visits, and can save you money.
- Medication review. We review all your current medications and doses and provide you with a specific instructions about which medications to continue or stop before surgery, and when.
- Documentation review. We will check to see if the paperwork required for surgery has been done, including consent form, surgical history and physical, insurance preauthorization. If needed, we will work with you to complete this information.
- Patient education. Our nurses will educate you on how to get ready for surgery. This may include healthy eating guidelines, pre-surgery exercises and stress reduction.
- Surgery preparation. We will make sure you have all the information you need to prepare for the day of your surgery. This will include what you can eat before surgery, when to stop eating, where and when to arrive for surgery, where to park, etc.
- Smoking cessation. We also can provide you with resources to help you stop smoking if that is a requirement before you can have surgery.
- Integrative therapy and pain management planning. Our team is available to discuss any integrative therapies you might be interested in after surgery, such as aroma therapy and healing touch. For patients who have chronic pain, one of our pain management nurses can discuss a plan with you for managing your pain after surgery.
- Discharge planning. We also will discuss with you a plan for what will happen once you leave the hospital. This may include a plan for transitional care or post-surgery physical therapy.