Pre-Surgery Care Clinic - Newberg
The Pre-Surgery Clinic helps patients prepare for their surgeries before the actual day of the surgery. Our goal here is to help assure a satisfying surgical experience for the patient, patient family, surgeon and nursing staff. The staff meets with each patient to obtain and compile all of the required pre-surgery tests and documentation.
Contact the pre-surgery staff at the hospital where your surgery is scheduled to get more information.
If you plan to have surgery at any of our hospitals in Oregon, you can pre-register online. Using online preregistration allows you to complete the forms in the comfort of your own home, reducing time and stress when you arrive for admission.
When you meet with someone from the Pre-Surgery Clinic, that person will help you understand the operative experience. Your appointment will include pre-operative teaching, diagnostic testing, nursing history and care planning. This appointment may be done over the telephone or during a visit to the clinic.
Kaiser patients who come to a Providence facility are cared for by NW Permanente Physicians (surgeons & anesthesiologists). The NW Permanente anesthesiologist will contact you about preparations for surgery and the type of anesthesia to be used.
To ensure you get the best care, we ask you to share facts about your health and medical history. We also provide resources so you can prepare for surgery.
- Adult pre-surgery health status form
- Pediatric pre-surgery health status form
- Personal medication form
- Pre-register for surgery
Take steps to ensure a good surgery experience:
Your surgeon may order specific tests to be done within 30 days before your surgery. If your tests are done somewhere other than at the Providence hospital where you will have surgery or in your surgeon’s office, please have the results faxed to Pre-Surgery Clinic. If you don't know whether you need any tests, please contact the Pre-Surgery Clinic.
It is important that you talk to a surgical services nurse before the day of your surgery. Depending on your situation, this may be a phone conversation or a visit to our office. Please contact the Pre-Surgery Clinic to schedule this essential visit or phone call.
Please refer to the hospital map to make sure you know exactly how to get to the hospital, where to park and where to check in for Surgical Services.
You won't be able to drive after surgery. Before the day of your surgery, you will need to identify someone who can drive you home from the hospital and who can help you for about the next 24 hours.
Contact your surgeon before the day of your surgery if:
- You take aspirin, anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning medications. They may need to be discontinued before surgery.
- You have any unexpected medical problems before your scheduled surgery, such as a fever, cold, cough or flu. Your surgery may have to be rescheduled.
- You have diabetes. Your doctor should give you specific instructions on what to do the day of surgery.
- You regularly take any herbal supplement. They may need to be discontinued before surgery.
Unless your doctor tells you differently, please follow these instructions:
- Take your morning prescription medications for blood pressure, heart, lung, kidney or liver conditions, pain medication, or antibiotics with a small amount of water.Follow your surgeon's instructions regarding any diabetes medications, blood thinners, aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, and/or herbal supplements that you currently take.
- Bring with you a list of the names and doses of all medications you currently take.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. EXCEPTION: If your surgery is scheduled for the afternoon, you may drink clear liquids (water, black coffee, tea, clear juice) or eat light foods (dry toast or crackers) up until six hours before arriving at the hospital.
- Please shower or bathe using an antiseptic cleanser, if recommended by your doctor.
- Wear loose, non-binding, comfortable clothing. Remember, you may receive a bandage or cast during surgery, and the clothing needs to fit comfortably over it.
- If you wear contact lenses, please bring your case and solution. You may be asked to remove your lenses before you go to surgery.
- Bring any reading glasses, hearing aids and mobility devices, such as canes and walkers, that you may need to stand or move short distances. Wheelchairs are available for your use while you are in the hospital.
- Bring any special medical devices you may need, such as inhalers or sleep apnea machines.
- Bring your insurance information with you.
Bring some money or a credit card if you do not get your post-operative prescriptions filled before you come to the hospital.
- Please do NOT bring valuables, jewelry or watches.
You will need to arrive at the hospital well before your scheduled surgery time. This allows the nursing staff, your anesthesiologist and your surgeon to better prepare you for your surgical experience.
When you arrive, please check in at the Admitting desk.
Once you are registered at the Admitting desk, the nursing staff will begin preparing you for surgery. You may be given additional paperwork to complete and/or tests at this time.
Your anesthesiologist will meet with you before surgery. He or she will answer your questions, review your options for anesthesia and, working together with you and your surgeon, plan your anesthesia care.
A family member or friend may stay with you until it is time for you to go to surgery.
Your family can wait for you in the surgery waiting area. They may be given a pager so that the waiting area staff can notify them when your surgery is finished.
If your family plans to leave the hospital while you are in surgery, please have them tell your nurse and leave a number where they can be reached.