The Night Before Surgery

Follow your surgeon’s instructions.

The day before your procedure, you will receive a call from us between 1:30pm to 3:30pm, with your arrival time.


  • No water, coffee, gum, candy. Avoid smoking. Brush your teeth but do not swallow any water. No smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages.

Shower/bathe the night before and the morning of admission using Hibiclens Soap / Chlorhexadine Gluconate 4% as instructed. Do not shave the affected body part for two days prior to your surgery. Hibiclens soap is available at Hy-Vee, Target, Walgreens, WalMart or CVS pharmacies.

On The Day of Surgery

Upon arriving at the Surgery Center report to the reception desk. You will be asked to verify information that will include your name, date of birth, address, insurance information and designated surgery.

Any patient under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is required to sign the consent prior to the procedure.

Bring your insurance card and a form of picture I.D. (i.e. Driver’s license, etc.). If arrangements were made for a payment prior to surgery, please bring in the amount discussed in the form of cash, credit card or check.

You must have a ride home and someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours.

If instructed by your doctor: bring brace/post op shoe with you; have crutches or walker available after surgery in your car. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and good walking shoes. No sandals or flip flops if you are having surgery on your knees or feet.

Leave jewelry and valuables at home. You may bring your eyeglasses or contact lens case. For your safety, remove all jewelry, including ALL pierced items. Do not wear make-up.

If you use an inhaler, please bring it with you on the day of your surgery.

Call the Surgery Center or doctor if any medical problems present prior to surgery 563-449-8988 between: 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. These may include: fever, illness, rash, infected area of skin, scrape or abrasion on the surgical extremity.

On Admission

A member of the staff will provide you with a gown, obtain your weight and ask you to empty your bladder. You will place your clothes in a basket and it will be put in a locker along with your other personal items. We secure the locker key on your chart throughout your stay with us. Your vital signs (temperature, pulse and blood pressure) will be checked. A nurse will review your medical history and ask you to sign the consent for surgery.

As soon as your information is reviewed and your IV is started your family will be brought back to the admitting area to stay with you until the time of surgery. We care about your comfort and privacy as well as the comfort and privacy of our other patients, therefore were are only able to allow one family member at a time in the admitting area.

If your surgery requires an anesthesiologist, he or she will meet with you prior to your surgery to review the information you have all ready provided to the nurses. An explanation about the type of anesthesia you will receive as well as a review of the risks involved with anesthesia will be given.

Your physician will visit with you prior to your procedure to go over any last minute questions or concerns. It is our policy to use a surgical marking pen to mark near the surgical area. Your surgeon will do this with his/her initials. This is a nationally accepted procedure to identify the correct surgical site.

Once you go to surgery, your family will wait in the reception area until your surgery is over.