Preparing for Surgery at the Hospital
When your surgery is scheduled
Pre-op Clinic visit
Please begin your screening and testing with the Pre-op Clinic directly after agreeing to your procedure.
We provide drop-in visits between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). Our last EKG capability is at 4:15 p.m.
If you're unable to visit us following your surgeon appointment, please drop in the following day.
We are located on the first floor of the Blue area of the hospital, at the base of the escalator.
Anesthesia screening assessment tool
While you are in Preop Clinic, you will complete the anesthesia screening assessment tool.
Your preoperative testing and any necessary consultations with specialists are planned and prioritized with this tool. It also helps us prepare you safely for anesthesia and screen for problems such as elevated blood sugar and obstructive sleep apnea.
To ensure that all members of your care team are aware of all your medications and supplements, including herbal medications, please make sure you bring your current and complete list to Pre-op Clinic.
Please consult your surgeon regarding aspirin, any non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and blood thinners. These medications may need to be stopped prior to surgery.
Your anesthesia screening assessment form will be reviewed by one of our Pre-op Clinic Nurse Practitioners to determine if any additional testing is needed.
If you have questions, call the Pre-op Clinic at (425) 899-2706.
Preparing for surgery
Depending on your surgery, what you need to do to prepare for surgery may vary. Closely following the instructions given to you, however, will help ensure the best possible outcome and reduce the chance of complications.
- Instructions may include a plan for completing any tests you need prior to surgery.
- Instructions may also cover eating and drinking prior to surgery. (Your surgeon may even provide you with special dietary directions.)
- Children will be given special eating and drinking instructions.
- You may receive directions for taking your usual medications or those prescribed before surgery.
- Information will also cover your procedure and care.
- Day-surgery patients will need to arrange for a ride home and to have a caregiver overnight after surgery.
- If you have an advance directive or other health care directive, bring a copy with you to Registration.
- All bowel preparation instructions are provided by your surgeon's office.