Your 6 Steps to Surgery

Step #1 - Surgery is Scheduled
You and your doctor have decided that you need to have surgery. During this doctor visit, you’ll discuss your diagnosis, treatment options and recovery. You and your physician will sign the “Informed Consent Form” for a surgical procedure. Pre-authorization for surgery may have to be obtained from your insurance company.

The specific day and time for your surgery will be scheduled while at your doctor’s office.

Step #2 - Pre-registration Phone Call
A representative from Foothills Hospital will call you up to two weeks in advance of your surgery. The purpose of this pre-registration phone call is to obtain necessary personal information such as your correct name, address, phone numbers and insurance information.

The direct number for pre-registration for Foothills Hospital is 303-938-5318.

Step #3 - Pre-surgery Testing
Within 10 days of your surgery, you will have an interview with our Pre-Surgery Nurse. You may do this interview by appointment or by phone.  Appointments are available:
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment please call:
Foothills Hospital--303-415-7202

Special circumstances require a scheduled Pre-Surgery Testing appointment.
1.  Your surgeon requests special testing that has not been done prior to your surgery.
2.  Your health history indicates the need for additional testing before surgery.

What happens during the Pre-Surgery Testing appointment?  What should I bring with me for this visit?
The nurse will review your medical history, allergies and all medications and supplements you are taking. Bring along any information you have about your health history and current medications.


In addition, the nurse will go over instructions for the day of surgery. This is a good time to ask any questions you have about your surgery and recovery.

Remember to call your surgeon’s office if you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other illness that occurs within 24 hours of your surgery. 

Step #4 - Preparations Before Surgery
Fasting before your surgery (NPO)--What this means:

  • NO FOOD after midnight the night before your surgery
  • No gum, breath mints or chewing tobacco after midnight
  • Fasting limits on clear liguids and water will have been explained by the Pre-Surgery Testing Nurse
  • You may brush your teeth, but DO NOT SWALLOW THE WATER
  • Call your surgeon’s office if you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other illness that occurs within 24 hours of your surgery.

What to bring with you to the hospital:

  • Your Foothills Hospital surgery packet
  • Do not bring any valuables--remove rings, earrings and all jewlry 
  • A list of all your medications, allergies and supplements that you are taking.
  • Copies of CPR/Advanced Directives/Living Will
  • Crutches, canes or walkers if you will need them after surgery
  • Bring favorite CDs if you would like to listen to music during your stay
  • Children may wish to bring a favorite doll or toy, bottle or sippy cup

As a one-day surgery patient you will most likely go home from the hospital the same day. If you receive a general anesthetic or IV medication, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE SOMEONE ELSE DRIVE YOU HOME. It is strongly suggested that you not drive the reaminder of the day. It is advisable to have someone with you your first day and night home from the hospital.

You need only bring essentials like a robe, slippers, and toiletries. Leave them in your car and have a family member or friend bring them to your room later.

Please don’t hesitate to call with any questions you may have. We are here to help you. 

Step #5 - Instructions for Day of Surgery
You will have been given an assigned time to check in by your Pre-Surgery Testing nurse. Check-in takes place at the:

Foothills Hospital -- Surgery Check-In Desk, located on the 2nd floor.

You will be escorted to the pre-operative (pre-op) area. Your nurse will ask and repeat very important questions in order to verify your health information, such as the type and location of your surgery; any allergies you may have; and when you last ate or drank. You may be asked these questions several times in order to confirm your information. This is required by the hospital in order to provide you with the highest quality of care.

Your I.V. (intravenous line) will be started. You will meet with your anesthesiologist and discuss the plans for your anesthesia.

Your surgeon may also stop by. This is a good time for any last minute concerns or questions you or your family/friends may have.

Step #6 - Going to Surgery
When it is time for your surgery, an operating room nurse will complete a final pre-operative assessment. You will then be taken to the operating room (OR).

Your family/friends may come with you to the OR doors. These people will be escorted to the Surgery Waiting Room where the surgeon will be able to find them when your surgery is completed.

Following surgery, if you are staying overnight, you will be transported to your hospital room where your family/friends will be able to meet you.

If you are an outpatient, your discharge instructions will be reviewed with your family/friends who are responsible for seeing you safely home.

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