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Instructions for Surgery

Instructions for Surgery

Enter via the Hospital Main Lobby. Walk through the lobby, take the elevator on the left to the second floor and turn right. Check in with the volunteer at the desk.

Please review the following information before your visit. If you have further questions, please call this number 267.885.1720.


Registration, Insurance & Testing

During your pre-operative visit with the surgeon, the office staff will schedule your surgery and send the required registration information to the hospital. Your surgeon’s office and a financial counselor at Doylestown Health will verify your insurance.

Your surgeon may order preadmission testing and will have your registration and pre-surgical testing forms sent to the hospital. A hospital scheduler will call you to schedule your preadmission appointment. If you need to fast from food for blood work, you will be told so. You may drink water only.

If your doctor did not order preadmission testing, a registered nurse will call you before your surgery to review your health history and give you specific instructions.

Your Preadmission Visit

It is important to be prepared for your preadmission visit. Wear comfortable clothing, (i.e. a button front shirt and socks for easy access for testing). A registrar will verify your insurance, other information and collect co-payments (if applicable). You must bring the following with you:

  • Insurance cards
  • Testing results and/or your History and Physical (if you have them)
  • Advance Directive/Living Will copy for your medical record (if you have one)

Preparing Children for Surgery

Our goal is to care for the special needs of children during their surgical and anesthesia experience. Bringing a familiar toy to the hospital may help your child feel more secure. Assure your child that coming to the hospital is only for a short time and that they will be going back home. Encourage your child to ask questions. Be honest with your answers. For a child under the age of five, two adults are needed for the ride home from the Hospital.

If your child is required to stay the night prior to or following their surgery, take comfort knowing that Doylestown Health's Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center offers compassionate care for children by specially-trained pediatric hospitalists and pediatric nurses.

Preparing for Surgery


During your visit with the surgeon and hospital preadmission nurse, the medicines you take will be reviewed. Be sure to have an up-to-date list of all your prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including supplements, with dosage.


For the comfort of all patients and visitors, we ask that only one visitor be at your bedside. Both parents of children that are having surgery are allowed. Please have other children under 16 years of age cared for at home.

Services/ Special Needs

Non-English speaking patients may use family members as interpreters. For any healthcare discussion or decision, the hospital language line interpreter must be used.

If a patient has special needs (physical disabilities, hearing impairment, is ventilator dependent or mentally challenged), please tell the Preadmission nurse so that we can plan ahead.

If you have any health changes between your last visit to your surgeon and the day of surgery, tell your surgeon. These include a fever, sore throat, cough or cold. If you think that you may be pregnant, tell your surgeon.

Pre-Surgical Patient Instructions

The Day Before Surgery

  • You will be called with your arrival time by 6pm the working day before the day of your procedure.
  • Drink 8 to 16 more fluids (water) than usual the day before surgery, unless you have been told to limit fluids. Do not drink alcohol for 2 days before surgery. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate you.
  • Do not smoke after midnight the night before surgery. Smoking can delay healing.

General Instructions for Preparing for Surgery

(unless you have been given other instructions by your surgeon)

You must follow the fasting guidelines you have been given, or your surgery may be cancelled to avoid life threatening consequences.

Fasting Guidelines: Follow your surgeon’s instructions (if given). Do not chew gum or suck on candy 8 hours before arrival.

  • Adult Fasting Guidelines:(if no instructions were provided by surgeon)
    • No solid foods for 8 hours before you arrive for surgery.
    • You may have clear liquids up to 2 hours before you arrive for surgery.
    • NO liquids for the last 2 hours before you arrive for surgery.
    • No chewing gum or sucking candy 8 hours before arrival.
    • You may have a sip of water with medicines that your doctor has told you to take before surgery.
  • Pediatric Fasting Guidelines (Ages newborn to 17 years): (to follow if no instructions from surgeon)
    • May have clear liquids up to 2 hours before your arrival for surgery.
    • May have breast milk up to 4 hours before arriving for surgery.
    • May have formula up to 6 hours before arriving for surgery.
    • No solid foods for 8 hours before arriving for surgery.
  • Skin Conditions: Tell your surgeon if you have any rashes, cuts, sores or skin problems before surgery.
  • Download the pre-surgical shower guidelines (adults).
  • Jewelry/Piercings: Remove ALL jewelry (rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces or others) before you are admitted. Piercings worn during surgery increase the risk of infection, may cause damage to your skin and affect circulation.
  • Valuables: Leave money, wallets, credit cards and other valuables at home. If you wish to have prescriptions filled before going home, bring your prescription card with a small amount of money.
  • Contact Lenses: Remove before surgery. You may bring glasses.
  • Hearing aids: wear them in to hospital and bring storage case with you.
  • Nail Enhancements: Remove all make up. Remove acrylics, wraps or polish from nails on the side of your surgery (includes arm, shoulder, hand, hip and leg surgery). For spine patients: no toe nail polish for back surgery, no finger nail polish for neck surgery
  • Dentures or Mouth Appliances: May be removed before surgery after talking with the Anesthesiologist.
  • Tampons: Remove before surgery.
  • Hair Styling/Make-up Products: DO NOT use these before surgery. This includes hair spray and gels.
  • Clothing: Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Cell Phones: Are not allowed in the Critical Care Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Catheterization Lab. Please silence cell phones while in the Same Day Surgery unit.
  • An Escort Driver: Only people 18 years of age or older can drive you home if you are being discharged the same day of surgery. You should have someone stay with you the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Medicines: Follow instructions provided by surgeon.

Directions for the Morning of Surgery

Enter and walk through the hospital main lobby. Take the elevator on the left to the second floor. Turn right and check in with the volunteer at the desk.

If having a cardio vascular procedure, enter through the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion.

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