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Getting Ready for Your Procedure

Getting Ready

Our team has lots of experience helping patients prepare for surgery. We understand the different emotions patients may experience while they prepare for their surgery. Some are excited to no longer be in pain but others can feel anxious about what to expect.

This page is designed to help you understand what to expect every step of the way. If you still have questions, please reach out to our team at 208-557-4525 or contact your surgeon directly. Together, we will make sure you have the information you need to be ready.

Before Surgery

Prior to surgery, your physician may schedule you for labs, an EKG or coordinate a meeting with an anesthesiologist. This will help us make sure we have the latest information regarding your health, so we can provide the most customized care the day of your surgery.

One of our friendly pre-admission nurses will call you a few days prior to your scheduled procedure to review your medical history and make sure there haven’t been any changes we should know about. At this time, we will also talk to you about what medications you should or should not take ahead of surgery and discuss what to eat ahead of your procedure.

You will also receive a call from a member of our financial services team to review your health insurance benefits and answer any questions related to billing.

Day of Surgery

Starting at midnight before your surgery, it is important that you not eat or drink anything. And when we say anything, we really mean it. This includes water, chewing gum and any hard candies. This helps us keep you safe when you are under anesthesia.

To reduce the chances of infection, we also ask that you take a bath or shower the morning of your procedure.

What to Wear

The day of your surgery make sure you wear loose, comfortable clothing. We have found sweatpants and a zip-up hoodie or a buttoned shirt are comfortable after surgery and the perfect outfit to head home in. Two-piece pajamas are a great choice for children. Whatever you wear, just make sure it is easy to get on and off and will not feel too tight after surgery.

What to Bring

Adults coming in for surgery actually do not need to bring much. In fact, we ask that you leave your purse, wallet, jewelry and medications at home. For children, we encourage parents to bring a blanket, stuffed animal or toy to help make them feel comfortable. If your child still uses a sippy cup, please bring that with you to encourage them to drink fluids after surgery.

Arrive with Plenty of Time

The day of your surgery, the last thing you want to do is feel rushed. Please plan to arrive an hour and a half prior to your scheduled surgery time. Our team does our best to stay on time, however, sometimes procedures go longer than expected. If there are changes to our schedule, we will do our best to get in touch with you as quickly as possible.

Following Your Surgery

After your surgery, you will not be able to drive yourself home. Please make sure you plan ahead and have a responsible family member or friend take you home to care for you.

Before you leave, our team will provide you and your designated caretaker with discharge instructions, so you know how to start your recovery.