Prior to your scheduled surgery, we’ll schedule a Pre-Assessment appointment. Our team of nurses will pre-register you for surgery and collect valuable information needed for your surgeon and the anesthesia team. During the appointment, our experienced nurses will interview you, gather needed information, answer your questions and provide educational information about your procedure. If you are able to have an in person PAT visit, any lab testing ordered by your surgeons will be done at this time to minimize delays on your day of surgery.
Please have the following available for your appointment:
- A list of current medications and dosages, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medication and herbal supplements
- Insurance card & photo ID (Driver’s license)
A member of our team will contact you the day before your surgery to confirm your arrival time. You’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital. For safety reasons, you may not drive yourself home after surgery due to anesthesia.
It’s essential that you NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless instructed to by our team. This includes gum, lifesavers, water, coffee, tea or juice. If you eat or drink anything before your surgery please let our team know ASAP at 703.558.6155. The PAT team will clarify any questions you have about taking your daily medication.
Please arrive at the time your surgeon asks you to be at the Hospital and allow additional time for parking. Park in Zone A Garage A and make your way to the second floor surgery department.
Day of Surgery Checklist:
• Plan to shower and brush your teeth at home. You may be given specific washing instructions to follow at home using antimicrobial soap
• Bring insurance card & photo ID (Driver’s license)
• Do not use powder, lotions or other cosmetics or makeup and remove nail polish
• Dress comfortably
• Once at the hospital, you’ll be asked to remove any dentures, hairpins, hairpieces, jewelry, contact lenses, artificial body parts and underwear
• Leave valuables at home
When You Arrive
On the day of your surgery, please arrive at the designated time and check in at the registration desk on the second floor. Bring your insurance card and driver’s license.
Staff will greet you and place an arm band on your wrist, identifying you and your surgeon. If you have allergies, a red band will be used to alert the staff. You will be asked many times throughout your stay to state your name and the procedure you are having. DO NOT be alarmed, this is a patient safety standard used in all hospital settings.
Prior to your procedure you will be taken to a Center of Outpatient Surgery pre-procedure room. You will be given a hospital gown to change into and a bag to store your belongings. A nurse will conduct a nursing assessment, take your vital signs and answer any questions. Additional lab tests may be conducted as indicated by your surgeon and the anesthesia team. An IV may be placed to provide sedation and medication. A member of our anesthesia team will meet with you to explain the anesthesia process and answer any questions.
Your scheduled time of surgery is approximate and may vary depending on circumstances in the operating room.
The length of surgery can vary greatly depending on the procedure. Your support person is welcome to wait at the Hospital and will receive updates from our team via text messaging. Once your surgery is completed, the surgeon will speak with your support person. Please provide the staff at registration with a designated phone number for the surgeon to call if the support person is not present.
The operating room area temperature is kept cool; please ask for a warmed blanket if you are uncomfortable. A safety strap is placed across your body. All members of the team will identify you and your procedure before they begin. Your privacy and respect is of utmost importance to all of us. Someone will be with you at all times.
After surgery, you will be recovered in the PACU or Center for Outpatient Surgery where you’ll be monitored by specially trained nursing staff under the direction of your surgeon and anesthesiologist.
Expect to feel some pain and discomfort after surgery. Your surgeon may order medication to help reduce your pain. This medication can be picked up from the VHC Outpatient Pharmacy prior to leaving the hospital if desired.
Our team of expert nurses will provide you and your family members with instructions regarding post-procedure care. A nurse will call you within two days of your discharge to see how you are doing and answer any further questions.