Day of Surgery
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Getting to CDH is easy. Maps and directions to CDH are on this website.
For patients having surgery in West Surgery, come to the Outpatient Services Entrance. You can use the free valet service right in front of the building. If you choose to self-park in the attached garage, Surgery Check-In is on the second floor of Outpatient Services. Enter the building and you will be guided to the second floor by our friendly staff or by the signs that say Surgery Check-In. There you and your family will be greeted by a member of the surgical team. The Surgery Check-In/Waiting Room will be home base for you and your family during your surgical experience.
When you check in for surgery, we will obtain a cell phone number from your family/friends. This will allow them to move around the building, get some coffee or visit the gift shop. If they do not have a cell phone, one will be provided during your stay.
For patients having surgery in East Surgery, come to the Surgery Center Entrance. You can use the free valet service right in front of the building. If you choose to self-park, please park in Lot 1 or 4 and enter at the Surgery Center Entrance where you and your family will be greeted by a member of the surgical team.
Presurgical Lab Test
If your surgeon or anesthesiologist requires lab tests on the day of surgery, you will be informed by the surgery nurse during your pre-op phone call the day before surgery. The Outpatient Lab located on the first floor of the Outpatient Services Entrance will be expecting you. Please stop there before checking in at surgery. For patients having surgery in East Surgery, lab tests will be done in the Surgery Center.
Upon your arrival for surgery you will meet your preoperative surgical nurse. The nurse will ask you some very important questions, some of which you may already have answered in the health history. Your name, date of birth, allergies and surgical procedure will be asked many times by many members of the surgical team for your safety. You will also change into hospital clothes (we provide you with a gown, robe and slippers), your vital signs will be taken, your IV will be started and you may receive an antibiotic if your doctor has prescribed one. This is a great time to ask any additional questions about your surgery.
After your surgery is finished, you will be moved to the recovery area, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). You will stay here until the majority of the anesthetic has worn off and it is safe for you to move to a hospital room or the second recovery phase. Your family will join you in the second recovery room phase and you will be prepared to go home.