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Day of Outpatient Surgery


Please arrive at the hospital 90 minutes before your scheduled time, unless requested otherwise.

Report to the Same Day Surgery Unit on Level 3 in Augusta or Level 2 in Waterville.

Same Day Surgery nurses will record your current medications and vital signs, prepare you for surgery and tell you about the care routine for your specific surgery and anesthetic.

To help you prepare for your day:
  • Please bring a list with the names of any medications you take along with their dosage.

  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home.

  • Wear comfortable, foldable clothing.

  • Shower before coming to the hospital. Do not apply lotions or powders after bathing.

  • Avoid wearing heavy make-up, especially eye make-up.

  • Contact lenses cannot be worn during general anesthesia. Bring a case for them or wear glasses.

  • Children may bring a special toy, blanket, pacifier or bottle to for use after surgery.

  • Artificial nails, shelac and nail polish should be removed if having surgery on a hand, arm or foot.

  • Ask your nurse if you would like to know more about these helpful tools.

  • If you smoke, please refrain from doing so the day of your surgery.

Pre-Surgery Preparation

Just before your surgery, you will be taken to a special area and asked to change clothes and wear a disposable cap to cover your hair.

An anesthesiologist will meet with you and, if necessary, your surgeon will highlight the surgical site with a marker.

Staff will check your name band, ask questions to confirm important information and provide you with a warm blanket.

When the operating room is ready, the registered nurse (RN) caring for you will greet you, review your chart and ask more questions.

He or she will accompany you to the operating room and remain there until your procedure is complete.

Once in the operating room, your vital signs will be monitored. During and after the procedure, the surgery staff will inform your family or friends of your progress.