Before You Arrive

Thank you for letting us care for you at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. Our professional staff is ready to answer your questions and make your stay as comfortable as possible. Specific information about your surgery will be explained by your doctor and nurse. We wish you a speedy recovery.

In order to prepare, be sure to follow these instructions.


Please refer to the Pre-Operation Fasting Guidelines provided in your Surgical Packet.


If you are taking any medications, please bring all of your medications with you on the day of your surgery, in their original, labeled containers.

Medications you should take:

If you are already taking any of the following medications, you should take your usual morning dose on the day of surgery with small sips of water (as little as possible).

  • Heart pills/patches
  • Blood pressure pills
  • Lung/asthma pills
  • Respiratory inhalers
  • Seizure/epilepsy pills
  • Stomach pills you swallow whole, no chewables
  • Birth control pills

Medications you should not take the morning of surgery:

  • No insulin
  • No diabetes pills (such as Glucophage)
  • No water pills (diuretics)
  • No chewable medications (such as Tums, Rolaids, etc.)
  • No diet pills for 2 weeks prior to surgery

If you are diabetic, your blood sugar will be monitored closely upon your arrival.

If you take blood thinners or anticoagulants (like coumadin or aspirin) you should ask your surgeon when and if you should take your medication.

Call your surgeon’s office with any questions you may have about other medications not listed here.

Travel Arrangements

We cannot discharge you after surgery unless you have an escort. Please arrange to have someone provide you with transportation to and from the Medical Center the day of your surgery. It is also wise to have an alternate plan in case of an emergency.

Due to legal constraints, we cannot allow you to drive a car after you are discharged. However, you may ride in a bus or in a taxi if you are escorted home by a spouse, friend, or family member. Your surgery will be canceled if you do not make travel arrangements. We recommend that two adults accompany each child who is having surgery — one to drive and the other to monitor the child on the way home.

Please contact your surgeon’s office if you need help securing transportation.


If you become ill in any way before your surgery, (a cold, fever, flu, etc.) please notify your surgeon immediately.


Please do not smoke after midnight on the day of your surgery.

What to Bring

  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Bring a complete list that includes dosages of all your medications. 
  • Bring a case for your eye glasses or contacts.
  • Bring any crutches, braces, canes, wheelchairs, or other devices you are currently using.
  • Bring your insurance cards and photo identification.
  • Bring written documentation of power of attorney or guardianship, if needed.
  • Bring any papers given to you by your surgeon’s office.

What to Leave at Home

  • Leave all jewelry at home including all body piercings.
  • Makeup, nail polish, hairspray, and hair pins should not be worn on the day of your surgery. 

When You Arrive

It is our goal to make your hospital stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Taking care of your needs is a priority for our team.

On the day of your surgery, please check-in at the Information Desk located in the Outpatient Waiting Area at the front of the Medical Center. From there you will be escorted to the Day Procedure Unit or one of our nursing units.

The Day Procedure Unit

Most patients are escorted to our Day Procedure Unit to prepare for surgery. You may notice that you are asked to arrive at the Medical Center an hour before your surgery. This time is necessary for us to prepare you for your surgery.

You will be given an identification band to wear on your wrist. If not already done, you will be weighed and measured. You may be asked to sign additional forms or releases and we may need to copy your insurance cards.

You will then be escorted to your assigned location until transported to the Operating Room. Two (2) adult family members or friends may stay with you until you are transported. They will be instructed where to wait for you during your surgery.

You will be asked to change into a hospital gown. Dentures and partial plates are removed to allow free and easy access to your airway. For your safety, personal items may have to be removed. This includes, but not limited to, prosthetic devices, glasses, and hearing aids. Please wear these items on the day of your surgery. However, contact lenses must be removed.

A registered nurse will review your chart with you and answer all of your questions. Your intravenous catheter (IV) may be inserted at this time. Also, any medications or preparations ordered by your surgeon or anesthesiologist may be administered at this time.

You will usually wait in the Day Procedure Unit for about an hour or so until you are transported to the Operating Room Holding Area. Your family or support person will be instructed where to wait during your surgery.

The Holding Area

The Holding Area is located adjacent to the Operating Room and is a place where final preparations are made for your surgery.

Visitors are not allowed in the Holding Area, except for the parents of minor children and the spouses/guardians of adults with special needs. These visitors cannot proceed beyond the Holding Area.

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a registered nurse who will further review your chart, answer your questions, and remain with you while you wait. Warm blankets are available to make your wait more comfortable.

Your Anesthesia Care Team will meet you in the Holding Area. They will obtain your medical history, discuss the type of anesthesia you will receive, and answer any questions you may have. If not already done, your intravenous catheter (IV) will be inserted at this time. Once your interview is completed, the Anesthesia Team may sedate you while the Holding Room Nurse monitors you.

The Operating Room

You may spend about an hour in the Holding Area. Once all preparations are completed, you will leave the Holding Area and be taken into your operating room. There you will be greeted by your Surgical Team which includes your surgeon, nurses and technicians.

Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

After your surgery is completed, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) also known as the Recovery Room. There you will be monitored by a team of registered nurses while you recover from your anesthesia.

Visitors are permitted in the PACU on a case by case basis. Parents of small children are allowed limited visitation. You will usually stay in the PACU about an hour or so, depending upon your condition. Once you are stabilized, you will be transported to the Day Procedure Unit or elsewhere in the Medical Center if you are admitted.

If a PACU stay is not necessary, you will be returned to the Day Procedure Unit where a registered nurse will monitor your blood pressure, pulse, and respiration and assist you in your recovery.

Recovery times vary. Some patients are required to remain in the Medical Center for several hours after surgery before they are allowed to go home. If additional recovery time or medical care is necessary, you may need to stay overnight. 


Our nursing staff will review your post-operative instructions with you and provide you with a written copy of these instructions. They will also give you any prescriptions your surgeon has written for you.

As stated previously, you are not permitted to drive yourself home, nor should you take a taxi or ride a bus alone.

Making plans before surgery is the key to a safe recovery period. Plan to have someone stay with you for 24 hours after you return home. No matter how well you feel, someone should be available in case you need help.

Once you are home, please report any problems to your surgeon right away.

Follow Up

The day after your surgery, a nurse will call you to ask you about your pain control, your ability to eat and drink, and the condition of your IV and surgical site. All of this information lets the nurse know how you are recovering and alerts us to any needs you may have. The nurse will also answer any questions you may have.

We are pleased that you chose Carlisle Regional Medical Center and Surgery Center. We wish you a comfortable and speedy recovery.

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