Before Surgery

Nanticoke offers exceptional service to our patients throughout the surgical process from the time you are scheduled for surgery through your post-surgery recovery, and follow-up once home.


When You Arrive

A staff member will escort you to a room. You will be provided with a hospital gown in preparation for surgery.

  • Your clothing will be put into a belongings bag and placed in a locker.
  • A nurse will ask you questions about your health and the medications you are taking. The nurse will start an IV for you to receive medications and fluids.
  • Your family or significant other may stay with you during your time in the Day Surgery Unit. We ask that you limit the number of visitors to 2 due to space limitations.
  • Occasionally, your surgeon may decide that you should be admitted to the hospital following your surgery. The decision is based on the outcome of your surgery, how you tolerated anesthesia, or the amount of pain you have following your surgery.

Reminders for the Day of Surgery

  • Remember to bring TWO forms of identification with you. One must be a photo I.D. such as a driver’s license.
  • You must also bring your health insurance cards with you.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. Unless told otherwise, do not give young children that will be having surgery bottles after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Do not take medications of any kind unless your surgeon or the anesthesiologist tells you. Take only sips of water.
  • No alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery.
  • Do not wear jewelry of any kind, including body piercings the day of surgery.
  • Please bathe or shower the morning of surgery, but do not use any creams or lotions on your skin. Do not wear nail polish.
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that is easy to put on after surgery.