Before You Arrive

Preparing for Surgery

We strive to make your admittance to our hospital as smooth and comfortable as possible.  One way to ease any concerns you may have is to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our processes before your arrive.  Please be sure to ask any member of your healthcare team if you have further questions about your upcoming surgery. 

In order to prepare, be sure to:

  • Stop eating and drinking after midnight before surgery, or as directed.
  • Ask when to stop taking aspirin or other blood thinners, herbs, vitamins and supplements. 
  • Some of these can interfere with surgery or interact with other medications.
  • Ask which medications you should continue to take.  If told to take your medication on the day of surgery, do so with only a sip of water, or as directed.
  • If you smoke, cut down or quit.  River Oaks Hospital is a smoke-free campus, which means patients and visitors are not allowed to smoke anywhere on the campus. 
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled surgery time.

Personal Belongings from Home

For your added comfort during your stay with us, you are welcome to bring personal toiletry items. Listed below are a few things to remember:

  • Inform your nurse of any medications you may have brought with you to the hospital including any complementary/alternative medications (i.e. herbal products).
  • To prevent electrical shock or fire, bringing in personal electrical devices is strongly discouraged.  If you do bring in any electrical equipment, it is a requirement that it be checked by the Plant Operations Department prior to use.
  • Leave your valuables at home where you know they are safe.  The hospital will not accept liability for any valuables you choose to leave in your room.