Preparing for Surgery | White River Health System

Information for Patients Scheduled for Surgery

Prior to your surgery, a professional from our Surgical Services Department will call you for a pre-admission interview. During the interview we will ask for information about allergies, medications and general health. We will also provide important information for how to prepare for your surgery and what you should bring with you on the day of surgery. If laboratory tests and/or diagnostic imaging are ordered by your physician before your surgery, we will make appointments for you as needed. Patients are encouraged to ask questions and to let us know about any concerns during the pre-admission interview.

We will also call you before your surgery to verify your insurance information, confirm precertification if required, and discuss your financial responsibility.

Before Surgery

  • To prevent infection, it is important that your skin be as free from germs as possible on the day of your surgery. To accomplish this goal, we ask that you bathe with a special soap, Chlorhexadine Gluconate, also known as Hibiclens®. 
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your surgery.
  • If you have a cold, fever or new infection, tell the nurse or your physician.
  • Ask your physician if you should take daily medications on the day of surgery.
  • You will be asked to sign a surgical consent before any medications are given. A parent or guardian will be asked to sign the consent for minor children.
  • Please make arrangements for a responsible person to drive you home after surgery.
  • You will need comfortable loose fitting clothing for the trip home.

After Surgery and the First 24 Hours

After your surgery, the Surgeon will speak to your family. As soon as possible, a member of your family will be allowed to see you. If you are to be discharged, your nurse will give you and your family detailed instructions about your care at home.

Please follow this list of instructions during your first 24 hours at home.

  • Do not drive or operate machinery until your physician tells you it is safe to drive.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Do not participate in strenuous physical activity.
  • Do not make legal or financial decisions.
  • Stay at home and ask a responsible adult to stay with you.