Carolinas HealthCare System

Surgery FAQs

Our staff has gathered a few of the most frequently asked questions about the surgery process and answered them for you on this page. Don't hesitate to ask any additional questions prior to and following your surgery. Our goal is to keep you informed throughout the process.

Q: How long will the surgery take?
A: The surgeon should tell the patient during their office visit prior to the procedure.

Q: Why do I have to be there two hours early?
A: You are scheduled to arrive in Pre-Op approximately two hours prior to your procedure in order for staff to prepare you for surgery before you are taken to the operating room. This may include taking vital signs (blood pressure, etc.) starting an IV, giving preoperative medications, and reviewing paperwork with you

Q: Can I keep on my undergarments?
A: No. You will be asked to remove all clothing and undergarments and put on a hospital gown.

Q: Why can't I eat or drink hours before surgery?
A: Prior to undergoing a procedure where you will receive anesthesia or sedation, you will be required to avoid food or drink for several hours. This is one of the most important things that you will do for your safety. If your stomach is empty of any food or drink, there is a lower risk that something from your stomach could move up and enter your lungs while you are sedated. Even a tiny piece of candy is dangerous because of the stomach acids and liquids created in your stomach. Prior to your prcoedure, you will be told how long to go without food or drink. If you are told to take any of your medicines, please do this with the smallest amount of water possible. If you do not understand what to do, please call.

Q: Can I go with my child into the OR and the Recovery Room?
A: No. You may stay with your child in the Preoperative area and then rejoin your child in the Stage II recovery area.

Q: Why do I have to call the day prior to get my surgery appointment time?
A: The schedule may change, so in an effort to tell you the most accurate time to arrive we require patients to call the day prior.

Q: Can my family stay with me prior to going back to surgery?
A: Yes. Visitors are allowed to stay with you in the Preoperative area. We do limit the visitors to two at a time.

Q: Will my family be updated on the progress of my surgery?
A: Yes. At the end of the procedure, the RN in the OR notifies the reception desk that the surgeon is done and would like to meet with the family in a conference room to discuss the patient's condition. If a case is an extended case, the RN will periodically notify the reception desk with an update.

Q: Why may my appointment time be different than what my doctor told me?
A: Your doctor may have told you the scheduled surgery start time in the OR. You must arrive two hours prior to scheduled surgery time in order to check you in and prepare for the procedure.

Q: Where do I arrive for surgery?
A: View the maps and directions to CMC-NorthEast

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