Day of Surgery

What to Expect Surgery Day

We want your surgery experience at Memorial to be as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. It is important you follow all instructions about preparing for surgery. If you aren’t prepared, your procedure may be cancelled or delayed.

To allow preparation time before your procedure, please arrive on time and in the correct location. Your physician’s office will give you pre-surgery instructions that include where should you be and when. If you have questions, call your physician’s office, or dial 217-788-3186 for additional information.

When you arrive at Memorial we will ask you for a list of your medications, insurance cards, and forms from your physician. Our staff will then prep you for surgery. That involves completing paperwork, initiating physician orders, having you change into a patient gown, and starting an IV.

We will ask you several times to tell us your name, medications, allergies, and the side/site of your procedure. We repeat these questions for your safety, and to make sure everyone who cares for you has the correct information about you.

Things to note about surgery:

  •  If you feel sick or have a fever, call your physician. It may be necessary to postpone your surgery.
  • Take a shower the night before AND the morning of surgery with antibacterial soap (Hibiclens), and put on clean, freshly washed clothes to come to the hospital. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
  • You may brush your teeth, but DO NOT swallow any water.
  • Bring a list of all medicines and the dosages you take. That includes vitamins, antacids, and over-the-counter drugs. If you can’t make a list, bring the medicines.
  • Remove ALL body piercing and jewelry. Leave your valuables at home. There is no storage area at the hospital for these items, and Memorial cannot be responsible for the security of them.
  • Contact lenses, glasses, hearing aids, and dentures cannot be worn in the operating room. Please bring a case for these items with you on the day of surgery.
  • DO NOT suck on mints, chew gum, eat or drink anything including water for eight hours before surgery (unless your physician instructed you otherwise).
  • DO NOT smoke the morning of your surgery.
  • DO NOT wear make-up or nail polish.

Preparing for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery is an evidence-based recovery program developed to minimize the stress of surgery and help you recover as soon as possible. A guide is available below to help you to prepare for enhanced recovery.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Guide