The week before surgery at Mahaska Health, a Surgical Services staff member will call you to review a brief history of your past/present medical conditions, allergies and any medications you take, including prescribed and over-the-counter.

The night before surgery, plan to get a good night’s rest:

  • Shower or bathe with soap while taking special care to clean the area where the procedure will be performed
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes food, chewing gum, coffee, water and mints. Failure to do this may cause your surgery to be delayed or cancelled
  • Refrain from smoking, chewing tobacco and second hand smoke
  • Take medications as directed with a small sip of water. Follow any specific guidelines as directed by your doctor

The morning of surgery:

  • Arrange for transportation to and from the hospital from a family member or other adult.
  • Do not wear makeup or nail polish. Contact lenses will be removed prior to surgery so bring your case.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Bring your insurance card and picture ID.
  • Check in at the registration desk, located on the north side of the Mahaska Health campus, entrance #4. Campus Map
  • Notify your doctor or nurse of any changes in your physical condition such as fever, chills, sore throat, new cough, diarrhea or urinary problems
  • Blood test, X-rays or EKG (electrocardiogram) may be performed if ordered by your doctor
  • A pregnancy test may be required
  • Write down any questions you have and bring them with you the day of your surgery.
  • An anesthetist will meet with you to:
    • Review your medical information
    • Sign the necessary consents
    • Review current medications you are taking
    • Discuss the type of anesthesia to be given
    • Answer any questions or concerns you may have

During and After Surgery:

  • Your family and friends will be shown to the spacious surgical visitor’s lounge, complete with vending machines and free coffee. Volunteers are available to communicate updates during your procedure and a consultation room is nearby where the surgeon will meet with your visitors after your operation.
  • Once you are awake after surgery, you will be moved to recovery where you will be monitored before returning home.