Scheduled for Surgery?

Our pre-surgical testing team prepares each patient for a successful and safe hospital experience. Please review the information below to learn more about your pre-surgical appointment and how to prepare.

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Your Pre-Surgical Appointment

Once you and your surgeon schedule your procedure, the surgeon’s office will notify Southampton Hospital. A pre-surgical appointment date is scheduled for 1-2 weeks prior to your surgery. Your comprehensive pre-surgical visit at Southampton Hospital may last 1-2 hours, depending on the nature of your scheduled procedure. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment to allow time to register in the Admitting office.

Parking:

Southampton Hospital offers free valet parking service at the main entrance at 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton.  Your first stop is the Admitting Office in the main lobby. After you register, follow the red dots on the floor to the Laboratory and check in with the receptionist. Handicap-accessible parking is located at the Herrick Road entrance, with direct access to the Pre-Surgical Testing area, through the Handicap entrance. Turn left and enter the Laboratory on your left. (If you choose to use this handicapped parking lot, please remember you must first still register in the Admitting Office.)

What to Expect:

Your pre-surgical visit will consist of blood work, any essential imaging (X-ray, CT scan, or EKG). Every pre-surgical testing patient that comes in will have an evaluation by a Nurse Practitioner.  Pre-surgical testing is done in a “round robin” system for efficiency. The most extensive portion of your appointment will be with the Nurse Practitioner, where all new and existing medical problems will be discussed and a comprehensive health history will be taken in preparation for anesthesia and surgery. You may also receive a physical exam.  Information about your specific surgical procedure , and which medications to take on the morning of the procedure, will be discussed. Please feel free to ask any questions or express concerns.

Though it is not typical, some patients have a consultation with an anesthesiologist. If you would like to see an anesthesiologist during your pre-surgical visit, please make the request when confirming your appointment. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request. All patients will have ample time to meet with and discuss anesthesia and any concerns with the anesthesiologist, on the day of surgery. When your pre-surgical visit is complete, the team will have determined whether you need additional evaluation prior to your procedure. Test results (blood work, EKG, x-rays) will be sent to your primary care provider or specialist. If necessary, an appointment will be arranged with your primary care provider to review results. Our goal is for your entire surgical experience to be stress-free with a positive outcome.

What to Bring:

  • List of medications you are currently taking (prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal), including the dosages and time of day you normally take the medication
  • List of all current physicians and specialists, including phone and fax numbers, if you have them
  • List of past medical problems (if any)
  • List of past surgeries (if any)
  • Current health insurance information 

The Pre-Surgical Team

Many trained professionals will be involved in assuring  your upcoming procedure is successful. These include: anethesiologists, nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, phlebotomists and EKG and/or radiology technicians.

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 Kathy Havlik, RN
  (631) 726-3124
 Krissy Mielenhausen, FNP-C
  (631) 726-8696
 Maura Jeffrey, ANP-C
  (631) 726-8696
 Kristen Forte, ANP-BC, CRNFA
  (631) 726-3210
 Scheduling   (631) 726-8282

FAQs

Can I have breakfast the day of my surgery? No. Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure. You may have one 8-ounce glass of water or BLACK coffee or tea (no milk, cream, or non-dairy creamers, but sweetener is fine) up to three hours prior to your arrival time to the hospital.

Can I shower the day before or morning of my surgery?

Should I take any medications prior to my surgery? Specific medication instructions will be provided by your surgeon, your primary care provider, specialist, or the pre-surgical team. If you have questions about your medications, please contact us. Download and print a Medication Tracking Form.

What time should I arrive on the day of my surgery? The Scheduling Department is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. On the day before your surgery, please call 631-726-8282 between 12:00 Noon and 3:00 p.m. to find out what time you should arrive at the Hospital on the day of your surgery. (If your procedure is on a Monday, please call on Friday.)

What happens when I arrive at the hospital for surgery? Upon arrival, go directly to the Admitting Office in the main lobby. A member of the Admitting staff will register you as a patient and then direct you to the Ambulatory Care Center on the first floor. You will check in at the Ambulatory Care desk, be given a room assignment, and meet your nurse. You will be given a gown and a cap to cover your hair. Do not bring any valuables (e.g., jewelry), as your personal items will be left in your room.  A small locked closet will be provided for your ID and keys, etc. The nurse will interview you and start an intravenous line in your hand or arm. You will meet a member of the anesthesia team and options for anesthesia will be reviewed, discussed, and decided upon. A nurse will also conduct a short evaluation and confirm your plan of care. When everything is ready for surgery, you will be transported into the operating room, given anesthesia, and then surgery will begin. Learn more about Admitting and what you need to bring.

Will I be able to drive home after surgery? No.You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery.

How will my family/friends know when my surgery is complete?

What if I need to stay in the hospital after surgery?

What do I do upon discharge from the hospital?