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Before Your Surgery at The Women's Hospital...

Thank you for choosing The Women's Hospital as your provider of quality, compassionate health care services. The information below addresses questions you may have about your upcoming surgery. If you have additional questions, please contact us at 812/842-4311. We'll be happy to help in whatever way we can.


Pretesting is designed to help you prepare for your surgical procedure. During this time, you may be interviewed about your health history by a registered nurse. The nurse may ask you about previous surgeries, allergies, known medical conditions or other relevant information. At this point, you will receive instructions on how to prepare for your procedure. For example, you may be asked not to eat or drink for a certain amount of time before your surgery. Preoperative preparations may be performed in person, over the phone, or a combination of both depending on your individual needs. Any lab tests, x-rays, EKGs or other procedures ordered by your physician may also be done at this time.

You will be given an opportunity to ask questions about the surgical procedure you are scheduled to have. This may occur during your pretesting visit, or a staff member may attempt to contact you by phone prior to your surgery.

There are a few items you should bring with you to your pretesting visit and on the day of your procedure.

  • Doctor's orders
  • Home medications in labeled containers
  • Insurance information
  • Copy of your Advance Directive if you have one

The following instructions will help you prepare for your surgical procedure:

  • If you are instructed to take medications, swallow only enough water as needed.
  • Bring all medications in labeled prescription bottles. If you take insulin, bring it with you to the hospital.
  • Bathe before coming to the hospital. Brush your teeth, but avoid swallowing water.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes.
  • Bring a contact lens case and lens solution if you wear contacts or a glasses case if you wear glasses.
  • Limit the number of visitors coming with you to the hospital.
  • Call your surgeon if you become ill or have other problems before your procedure.
  • If you have an advance directive or living will, please bring a copy of it with you.
  • If you are scheduled as an outpatient, a responsible adult must be available to accompany you home after your surgery. The medications you will receive during your procedure make it unsafe for you to drive a car, walk home or travel by public transportation.
  • If you are 17 years of age or younger, a parent or guardian must accompany you.
  • You may need to arrange for someone to stay with you when you return home.
  • Notify your surgeon of fever, vomiting or cuts or rashes near the surgical site.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes avoiding gum, candy, mints, etc., unless informed otherwise by our staff.
  • Do not consume any alcoholic beverages for 24 hours before or after your procedure.
  • Do not bring children under the age of 14 with you to the hospital without another responsible adult accompanying them.
  • Do not bring valuables, such as jewelry, money or credit cards, to the hospital. Your family will be responsible for your belongings.
  • Do not smoke for at least 12 hours prior to your surgery. Smoking can increase the risk of complications and the amount of pain you feel after your surgery.

Your physician may offer additional instructions. If you have other questions, please call 812/842-4311.

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