Before Surgery

The night before your surgery

As a safety precaution, don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. That includes water, coffee, chewing gum or breath mints. Your physician will tell you if you can take your prescriptions before your surgery.

You will meet many people before surgery

We encourage our patients and their family members to ask your caregivers questions at any time before, during or after surgery. We ask that children 12 years of age and younger remain in the first floor lobby.

Before surgery, several members of your surgical team will perform various tests, check your medical history and take vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature. During this time, we will ask many questions.
For your safety, it is necessary to ask some questions several times. 

This may seem a little overwhelming so please let us know if you are uncomfortable or need us to explain what is happening. We want you to understand each step along the way so you will be given a “Path to Recovery” card to keep you up-to-date on everything that occurs.

You will watch a brief video to prepare you for your surgery and help you learn more about what to expect during your visit at JPS. No one likes to wait, but delays are possible because of emergencies that come through our Level I Trauma Center. You and your family will be updated at least every half hour if there is a delay. We appreciate your patience and understanding.