What to Expect

Before Surgery

  • Please come to the pre-operative assessment clinic on the second floor of the West Tower for your pre-admission testing, anesthesia interview and nursing assessment. Your doctor’s office will let you know when to come for the appointment. If you did not receive an appointment time, please call (850) 747-6070 to schedule an appointment.
  • Please bring the bottles for all of the medications you are currently taking, both prescription and over-the-counter. We will need to make a detailed record of everything you are currently taking and any allergies to medications.
  • Please bring your surgery folder along with any paperwork from your doctor’s office to your pre-operative assessment clinic visit.
  • During your pre-operative assessment, you will be given the time to report for your surgery.

Day of Surgery

  • Please come to the Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic on the second floor of the West Tower.
  • Do Not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery, unless otherwise instructed during your pre-op visit.
  • If you were instructed to take any medications the morning of your surgery, use the smallest amount of water needed to swallow your medications.
  • Do Not bring any valuables (such as money, a purse, a wallet or credit cards) with you to the hospital.
  • Do Not wear make-up, jewelry, body piercing, nail polish, hair pins or contact lens to the hospital.
  • Do call your doctor if you develop any new symptoms or signs of a cold before your surgery.
  • Do call Bay Medical at (850) 747-6070 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you have any questions

To Parents of Children Having Surgery

  • Bay Medical requires that a parent or guardian be present in the facility during and after any surgical procedure.

What to Wear

  • Patients having face or eye surgery should wear button-front blouses or shirts.
  • Patients having arm or leg surgery should wear clothes with big arm or leg holes or stretch material such as sweat pants.
  • Patients having abdominal surgery should wear loose, comfortable clothing and slip-on shoes.

What to Bring For Children Having Surgery

  • Parents should bring an empty bottle or favorite cup, toy or blanket, and extra clothes and diapers.

What to Expect When Arriving for Surgery

  • When you arrive, please sign-in at the volunteer’s desk and have a seat. A nurse will bring you back to change into your surgical gown, take your blood pressure, listen to your lungs and take your temperature. Your nurse will give you any pre-op medications that are ordered.
  • You will be visited by a member of the anesthesia staff and then taken to pre-op holding. Your family will be asked to return to the waiting area.
  • In pre-op holding, you will have patches placed on your chest to monitor your heart, a clip placed on your finger to monitor your blood oxygen levels, and a blood pressure cuff placed on your arm.
  • A nurse or anesthesia provider will start your IV (fluid in your vein) using a local anesthetic.
  • Your Operating Room nurse will talk with you and then you will be brought to the operating room by your nurse and/or anesthesia team.

What to Expect After Surgery

  • You will go to the post-anesthesia care unit or recovery room on a stretcher and the monitors will be reattached. You will be in the recovery room for about one hour before being sent to ambulatory care or your inpatient room.
  • Your doctor will talk with your family in the waiting room.
  • If you are going home that day, you will return to ambulatory care, where you will be given fluids to drink and be assisted to sit in a chair, when possible.
  • If you are being admitted to the hospital, you will be transported to your room as soon as you and your room are ready. Anyone waiting in the waiting room for you will be given your room number.
  • When you are ready, you will be discharged to your home, which usually takes one hour. You will be taken to your car in a wheelchair.