- Do not eat or drink after midnight unless otherwise directed
- Shower and use cleaning wipes (if provided) as instructed
- Take medications as instructed by nurse who calls you the day before surgery
- Bring unrefrigerated medications with you
- Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory products (Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve) for at least 7 days prior to surgery. Notify your surgeon if you are taking blood-thinning medications.
- Do not bring any jewelry, money or valuables with you to the hospital. The hospital is not responsible for lost belongings.
- If you are going home after surgery, please arrange your transportation ahead of time. You may not drive yourself home.
THE DAY OF SURGERY
- Check in at Admitting
- You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and your vitals will be taken
- A nurse will start an IV to prepare you for surgery
- You may have a friend of family member wait with you until you go into surgery
- Prior to surgery you will speak with your operating room nurse, anesthesiologist and surgeon.
- After speaking with them, you may receive medication to relax you prior to proceeding into the operating room.
- Your friends or family members will be directed to the surgery waiting room.
- When your surgery is finished the surgeon will come to the waiting room to meet with your family or friends.
- You will be in the recovery area until you are awake, alert and responsive.
- Your stay in the recovery room will be approximately 1-2 hours.
- You will be monitored closely by a nurse to ensure your comfort and safety.
- When ready you will be transferred to your hospital bed or discharged home.
- If you are going home same day you will be wheeled out of the hospital to your transportation at the main entrance of hospital
- Deep breathing is important after to surgery to oxygenate your lungs.
- For your diet following surgery, begin with clear liquids and add food as your doctor has instructed.
- It is important after to surgery to turn in bed, move your legs and try to be mobile to improve circulation and prevent blood clots.
- It is important to elevate the area operated to at or above the level of your heart to prevent and/or improve swelling.
- Unless otherwise instructed, you may apply ice or cold pack to the affected area.
*Parking is limited at Ventura County Medical Center. Please plan to arrive early to allow ample time for parking and registration.*
Please enter through the entrance on 300 Hillmont Ave.
Ventura County Medical Center has a complimentary Shuttle Service available to all patients, visitors and staff from 6:30am until 9:00pm Monday through Friday. They provide door to door service and can be reached at 805-218-0238 or 805-218-3992. They travel to key points of the campus routinely for easy access.