Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to feel comfortable and confident about your upcoming procedure at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Uptown. Below you will find a list of commonly asked questions and answers. As always, you may also contact us with any questions you may have as well.

Before Surgery — What to expect before your day of surgery.

WILL I RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE SURGEON?

Your surgeon will instruct you about your surgery start time and when to arrive at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Uptown. Please contact your Surgeon’s office with any questions in regards to your start time.

WILL I BE CONTACTED PRIOR TO MY SURGERY BY THE FACILITY?

Yes. You may receive up to three calls.

  • You will be contacted a few days prior to surgery by a member of your health care team. This call will include a routine health assessment including medical and surgical history along with current medications, instructions for the day of surgery, and answers to any questions you may have.
  • You will also be contacted by someone in the facility’s business office to address financial matters such as your responsibility for co-payments and deductibles.
  • Finally, you may also be contacted by your anesthesiologist.

WHAT TESTS ARE REQUIRED PRIOR TO MY SURGERY?

Any pre-operative tests will be determined by your physician or anesthesiologist and communicated to you prior to the date of your surgery.

WHAT IF I HAVE CHANGES IN MY HEALTH STATUS?

Please contact your surgeon before your surgery if you have any changes in your health status such as heart problems, breathing difficulties, fever, chills, or cough.

WILL THERE BE PREPPING AT HOME FOR SURGERY?

  • No alcohol or smoking 24 hours prior to surgery.
    • Smoking cessation handout can be provided.
  • No lotions, powders, make up, nail polish, deodorant, aftershave, cologne on day of surgery.
  • Please perform a Chlorohexidine or Hibiclens shower the night before and morning of surgery or as directed by your surgeon. This product is an antiseptic and skin cleanser in which helps reduce infection.
    • Do not apply to face or genitals, perineal areas (private parts).
    • You may locate this product at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Uptown.

WHAT DO I DO THE NIGHT BEFORE SURGERY?

Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes water, hard candy, mints, chewing gum, coffee and food. The anesthesia provider may contact you to discuss your medical and surgical history before surgery. If they do not call the night before they will be visiting you in pre-op to discuss your medical and surgical history at the bedside. In special cases, the anesthesia provider may adjust the cut off time for food and drink; please follow their instructions. You should ask the anesthesia provider what medications you may take on the morning or day of surgery.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • It is very important that you bring the following items:
    • Photo identification (Driver’s license, ID card, passport).
    • All Insurance and/or Medicare cards.
    • Check, cashier check, credit card or cash for your payment.
    • A copy of Advance Directives/ Medical Power of attorney to place on file.
    • Please bring prescribed medications including inhalers in their properly labeled original containers for the nurse to administer. These medications will also be reviewed by our pharmacist.
    • Bring denture cup.
    • If you wear contact lenses and/or eyeglass please bring a case and solution as appropriate, as you will have to remove your contacts prior to your surgery.
    • Bring loose fitting clothing that is easy to put on following surgery. For an example, a button down or snap shirt for shoulder surgery, sports bra for after breast surgery, sweat pants, sweat shirt, pajamas, lounge wear, or loose fitting shorts will help you be more comfortable.
    • For your ride home bring extra pillows, outerwear or any items necessary for your ride home.
  • Other:
    • Special equipment that you use such as a CPAP/Bipap, nebulizer, wheelchair, walker, cane and/or any assistive devices.
    • If you will be using crutches post-operatively and have crutches you would like to use, please bring them with you.
    • Please bring in neck or back brace for spine surgeries and arm sling for shoulder surgeries if applicable.
  • What items to leave at home or with family members:
    • All jewelry including wedding bands, watches, bracelets, earring, necklaces and body piercings.
    • Hairpins and hair clips.
    • Anything of great value to you including large amounts of money.
    • Medication as listed above.

Day of Surgery — What to expect the day of your surgery.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

For your comfort, we encourage you to wear clothing that can be easily removed and stored. Please avoid wearing any jewelry, piercings, nail polish and cosmetics, and leave contact lenses at home or bring your lens case with you.

ARRIVAL AT THE HOSPITAL AND SURGERY PREPARATION

On the date of surgery you should come to the hospital admitting area for check-in located on the 3rd floor. Use the 3R button to access this floor. From there, you will proceed to a pre-op where you will complete the clinical process of surgery preparation. The steps are:

 

  • Your surgery information will be thoroughly reviewed by a registered nurse.
    • Patient Identification: For your safety we will ask you throughout your stay your name and date of birth. We do this to ensure your safety.
    • Height, weight, vital signs, consents, medical and surgical history will be reviewed with you.
    • An IV will be started using buffered Lidocaine to help numb the IV site.
    • If your surgeon ordered pre-op medications they will be administered at this time.
    • If your surgeon/anesthesiologist ordered bloodwork not previously done will be done at this time.
  • You will remove all clothing including underwear and put on a hospital gown.
  • Your surgeon will mark your surgical site, hair clipping might be performed depending on the procedure.
  • You should remove your contacts and glasses prior to going to the operating room.
  • If you wear dentures or partials please bring a container for them, if you don’t have one or forget we will gladly provide a denture cup.

WHILE YOU ARE IN SURGERY

  • Your family and/or friends may wait in the waiting room until you are out of surgery. Once you’re stable in the recovery room or have been placed in a room on the post-surgical unit they may visit you. There is an electronic tracking board located in the 3rd floor waiting room which allows your loved ones to keep track of your progress. You identification number is your month and day of your birthday.
  • We have a cafeteria located on the second floor that offers breakfast from 7-9 am and lunch from 11-2 pm. We also complementary coffee and snacks as well as vending machines for family members. We also have local eateries/restaurants in the area and they can be found on our website. Please ask the receptionist for further details.

Anesthesia — What to expect regarding your anesthesia.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SEDATION OR ANESTHESIA?

Yes. There are five different categories of sedation and anesthesia: Conscious Sedation, General, Regional, Monitored Anesthesia Care and Local Anesthesia. Regardless of the type of sedation or anesthesia that you receive, special anesthetic agents and techniques are used to provide a safe and speedy recovery. If there are alternative choices available for your surgery, and often there are, your physician or anesthesia provider will discuss them with you before surgery.

MAY I REQUEST THE TYPE OF ANESTHESIA I WILL RECEIVE?

Depending on the type of surgery, there may be anesthetic options. Your physician or anesthesia provider will discuss available options with you after reviewing your medical history.

WILL I RECEIVE ANY SEDATIVES BEFORE SURGERY?

Together, you, your surgeon and your anesthesia provider will develop an anesthetic care plan. This plan may include preoperative sedation and other medications if deemed necessary.

After Surgery — What to expect after your day of surgery.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN THE RECOVERY ROOM?

While each patient’s situation is unique, here is what you can expect when you are moved to recovery:

  • Your recovery begins with individual nursing care – including pain management. An average of 30-90 minutes is spent in the PACU; it might be longer depending on your needs, the type of anesthesia and the procedure(s) performed.
  • The patient liaison and/or RN will bring back family to the bedside when deemed appropriate by RN.
  • This is after specific medical criteria is met, if there is a delay in why you are unable to have visitors sooner this will be communicated.
  • Visitors are limited to two at a time.
  • You will be observed and made comfortable until you have met medical criteria.

DISCHARGE TO HOME

  • Absolutely NO driving after receiving any form of anesthesia. Must have an accompanied adult with you who is driving.
  • NO public transportation such as: a taxi, Uber, Lyft or bus are allowed by yourself. Only if you are accompanied with an adult that you know is this acceptable.
  • So please make arrangements to have family, friend or an accompanied adult that you know drive you home.
  • Also you are required to have someone stay with you for 24 hours following anesthesia.
  • You will receive discharge instructions placed in a red folder. Your nurse will review these verbally with you. Please review them the following day and follow up with your physician as necessary.
  • You will receive a discharge follow up phone call after surgery from one of our nurses. If we don’t reach you a letter will be sent.
  • Also you will receive a Press- Ganey Survey in the mail. Please also fill this out. We love to hear from you.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I AM NOT WELL ENOUGH TO GO HOME?

  • Admissions to a hospital from a surgery center happen occasionally. In certain circumstances, your physician or anesthesiologist may determine that you need to be transferred to a hospital for additional post operative care.

OVERNIGHT STAYS

  • Your doctor may have you stay in the hospital overnight.
  • You may bring your personal items such as toiletries, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, makeup, deodorant, bathrobe, and slippers the day of surgery.
  • Your patient room has a private bath, TV, and telephone.
  • The nursing staff will assist you with planning your meals based on your postoperative progress and dietary needs.
  • Accommodations can be made for one family member to spend the night if that is helpful to you.
  • Visiting time is open from morning to evening. At 9:00 P.M., visitors are encouraged to leave so that you may get your necessary rest.
  • If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask the nurses about visiting hours.

WHAT IF I AM NOT FEELING WELL ONCE I GET HOME?

  • If you are in serious pain, or exhibit warning symptoms described in your discharge instructions, please call your physician, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.