Information for Surgical Patients
We are pleased that you have chosen Wesley as your provider of care for your upcoming surgery. Please take a few minutes to browse this website to find out how to be prepared for your surgery and recovery. Click on the links below to learn about necessary information important before, the day of, and after your surgery. Please complete the Health History Form located in the “Before Surgery” column and either fax this to the Pre-Op Clinic Office at 316.962.9103 prior to your clinic appointment or bring the completed form with you to your clinic appointment.
- Change in Health Prior to Surgery
- What to Bring to the Hospital
- What to Leave at Home
- Arrival Time
- Surgery Parking Map
- Admissions Process
- Pre-Op Holding
- Family Members
Pre-Op Assessment Clinic Visit
We can help you prepare for your surgery in a quiet, friendly environment by setting up an appointment at our Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic. As you visit with our nurses and a representative of the Anesthesia Department, we will assess your readiness to safely undergo anesthesia. We may recommend blood tests, X-rays, and/or an EKG. This visit will take from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the testing required. You can schedule your clinic appointment by calling 316.962.9130 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. We will be happy to arrange your visit at a convenient time for you. Please bring your health insurance card(s), a photo ID, the completed Health History Form that includes a current medication list (Download Form). You may park in the south parking lot at Central and Rutan (Clinic Parking Map). Check in at the admissions desk to your right after you enter.
If you are unable to attend the Pre-Op Clinic, we would like to do a telephone history. This is important to making your admission go as smoothly as possible. Please call 316.962.7269 if you live in Wichita or 1-800-732-0189 toll-free if you live outside the Wichita area. If the phone is not answered, please leave us a message and we will return your call on the next working day.
We can ease the admission process for you by confirming your insurance information before you arrive for surgery. Call our Business Office at 316.962.7740 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on a weekday for verification.
Preparing for Surgery
- Skin Cleansing
Please shower or bathe with Hibiclens® before coming to the hospital. Follow the link above for specific instructions about how to use Hibiclens® and about the prevention of surgical site infections. More information on Surgical Site Infections
You will be instructed which medications to take before surgery. Please follow these instructions. Be sure to provide a complete and accurate list of your medications, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements while visiting with your doctors, nurses, and anesthesia staff. Talk to your doctor about blood thinning-medications such as Warfarin (Coumadin), Clopidogrel (Plavix), Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Diabetic medications. Some of these medications need to be reduced in dosage or stopped before surgery.
- Eating, Drinking, Taking Medications, and Brushing Teeth
Do not eat, drink, or smoke after midnight the night before your surgery unless your doctor instructs otherwise. This includes gums, candies, and chewing tobacco. If you are instructed to take any medications on the morning of surgery, use just enough water to swallow your pills. Try to limit the amount to one ounce or less. Do not drink juice, coffee, tea, or milk. You may brush your teeth the morning of surgery.
Day of Surgery
Carefully Follow All Instructions Prior to Surgery
It is important to follow all instructions regarding eating and drinking and medications. Failure to do so may result in a delay or cancellation of your Surgery.
Change in Health Prior to Surgery
Notify your surgeon if there are any changes in your health, such as fever, vomiting, or cold symptoms, before your surgery.
Arrange to have a responsible adult drive you home. Because of the effects of anesthesia, you must not drive. Please try to arrange for children to be taken care of away from the hospital. If you find that you must bring children to the hospital, please make sure that there is an adult with them at all times. Wesley employees and volunteers will not take responsibility for childcare.
What to Bring to the Hospital
- Photo ID
- Insurance Card(s)
- List of Current Medications
- CPAP Machine if You Use One at Home
What to Leave at Home
- Large Sums of Money
- Credit Cards
Please arrive on time the day of surgery. Your arrival time is determined by your surgeon and is usually at least 2 hours prior to the surgery start time. *Example: If your surgery is to start at 8:00 a.m., you should arrive by 6:00 a.m. If, however, your surgery is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m., we ask that you arrive by 5:00 a.m.
On the day of surgery, please arrive at the time instructed by your surgeon. Park in the garage located immediately north of the hospital at Central and Murdock (View Parking Map). Follow the signs into the hospital and check in at the admissions desk. If you need a wheelchair have your driver pull up to the “admissions and dismissals” entrance and use the phone inside to call Security.
Our staff will escort you to the Pre-Op Holding room where you will be prepared for surgery. You will sign a surgery permit and meet the staff involved in your surgery. At this time, we will let your family visit with you. For your privacy and that of other patients, we allow one visitor per patient at a time. Wee also ask that no food or drink be brought into the Pre-Op Holding room.
Your family is invited to relax in one of our waiting rooms during your surgery. We will notify your family when your surgery has started, when you are transferred to the recovery room, and if important events occur during surgery. Your doctor will talk with your family when the surgery is finished. It is a privilege to serve you and your family. Our surgical team is dedicated to providing quality care and a positive experience for you. We welcome the opportunity to meet your needs. If you have questions or concerns, please call us at 316.962.7269 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
After surgery, you will spend approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours in the recovery room. If you will be spending the night in the hospital, you will be transferred from the recovery room to your post-op room. You will be reunited with your family as you are taken to your room.
Dismissal and Follow-Up
Before we dismiss you, we want to be confident that you do not need to return to the hospital due to complications. We want to make sure that your pain can be controlled by oral medications, that you are able to empty your bladder, and that you are able to move around at home. Once these goals are met we will remove your IV and provide your prescriptions and home-care instructions. We will dismiss you to the care of a responsible adult who can drive you home. We encourage you to have someone spend the night with you the first night at home. One of our nurses will call you a day or two after dismissal to check on your progress.
General Post-Op Instructions
The following instructions are appropriate for all surgeries. Before you are dismissed you will be given instructions specific to your surgery.
Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or sign any legal papers for at least 24 hours after surgery or if you are taking pain medications.
Call your surgeon if you experience:
- Excessive Pain:
- Persistent or Excessive Bleeding
- Difficulty Breathing
- Fever or 101 degrees or more/chills
- Persistent Nausea and/or Vomiting
- Abnormal Drainage from Incision
- Excessive Swelling
- Coldness, Tingling, or Numbness in the Affected Area
- Fever of 101 Degrees or More/Chills
You will receive specific instructions regarding:
- Wound Care
- Follow-Up Care
- Pain Management