Pre-Op Surgery

If you are having surgery, you may find the following information helpful:


Advance Directives

During your admission process, you may be asked if you have an Advance Directive.

An Advance Directive is a witnessed document that gives a patient's directions about their future medical care in the event that individual can no longer speak for themselves.

It is prepared before a condition or circumstance occurs which may cause an individual to be unable to actively make a decision about their medical care.

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Day Surgery Admission Instructions

Your surgeon has scheduled you for Day Surgery at Hartford Hospital.

To assist in preparing for this one-day procedure and to make your stay as comfortable as possible, we ask you to read these instructions and use this page to write in the time of your surgery and any other instructions you may receive from the nurse. Please bring it with you and give it to the nurse when you arrive for your surgery. (click here for a print version)

Physican Exam

A physical examination and various tests must be completed before your admission. Your surgeon will arrange for this. Hartford Hospital must have your records upon arrival. Please bring them with you unless your physician has taken care of this matter personally.

Prior to Surgery

  • Do not take any herbal or diet medications prior to surgery. It is recommended that you stop using these 2 weeks before surgery.
  • It is also important to let your surgeon know if you have a condition called “sleep apnea”. If you have this condition please bring a copy of your sleep study arid any equipment that you use to manage it.
  • You must make arrangements to be driven home by a responsible adult and must also have a responsible adult with you for the next 24 hours after surgery. If these arrangements are not made, your surgery may be postponed.
  • If you have any special needs for your day of surgery please inform your surgeon.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight, not even water, unless otherwise instructed by the nurse.
  • You should shower or bathe before coming to the hospital.
  • When deciding what to wear to the hospital choose something comfortable that can be easily removed. (If you are having hand surgery, please wear something with large, flexible sleeves.)
  • Do not use cosmetics, make-up or hair spray.
  • Leave jewelry, money and other valuables at home. The hospital cannot be responsible for such items. (If you are having hand surgery be sure to remove all jewelry from the hand being operated on.)

Confirming Your Surgery

Please be aware that the Operating Room schedule is not finalized until the afternoon of the business day before surgery. For example, the schedule for Monday is completed on the previous Friday, and so on. If you call us any sooner we will be unable to provide any information.

In order to comply with privacy regulations we are required to ask for specific patient information. If you wish to have surgery information given to anyone other than the patient, be sure that they know the patient name, date of birth and date of surgery.

A nurse from the Surgery Time Line will attempt to call you between the hours of 3 and 6 P.M. on the business day before surgery. You may also call the Surgery Time Line yourself on that day at 860-545-3208 between 3 and 6 P.M. for your surgery time, arrival time and other instructions.

If something unforeseen occurs or if you have any questions and it is over a weekend, call the Surgery Time Line and leave your name and telephone number and a nurse will return you call.

Parking

Parking is available in the garage adjacent to the Medical Building at 85 Seymour Street or by using valet parking in front of the hospital. Your parking ticket will be validated on the unit. Go directly to the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Hartford Hospital, 85 Jefferson Street, fifth floor, Room 501. Click here for more information regarding parking.

When You Arrive

Once on the unit, you will be asked to complete necessary paperwork, which includes authorization for the hospital to release information to your insurance company. Be sure to bring a valid insurance card. In the case of minors (under 18 years of age), a parent or guardian must accompany the patient before and after surgery, when conditions permit, you wilt be allowed one visitor. In the case of minors, both parents are permitted. Children are not allowed as visitors.

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Inpatient Surgery Admission Instructions

Your surgeon has scheduled you for Inpatient Surgery at Hartford Hospital.

To assist in preparing for this procedure and to make your stay as comfortable as possible, we ask you to read these instructions and use this page to write in the time of your surgery and any other instructions you may receive from the nurse. Please bring it with you and give it to the nurse when you arrive for your surgery. (click here for a print version)

Confirming Your Surgery Date/Time

Please call the Hartford Hospital Surgery Time Line at (860) 545-3208 between the hours of 1 P.M and 6 P.M. on the day before your surgery to obtain your surgery time, arrival time and to receive any special instructions. If your surgery is scheduled on a Monday or following a holiday that falls on a Monday, you may call during the same hours on the Friday before.

If you are connected to the voice-mail system leave a name and phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Before Your Surgery

  • You will be instructed to go directly to an assigned unit two to three hours prior to your scheduled surgery. This additional time is needed in order to prepare for your procedure and to accommodate any scheduling changes.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery unless otherwise instructed by your doctor or the nurse.
  • Medications
    • Please bring a list of any medications that you are taking and include the dosage and the time of day that you take them.
    • On the morning of the day of your surgery take your medicines with a sip of water as instructed by your physician or nurse. If you have not received these instructions please ask the nurse on the Surgery Time Line for information.
    • Be sure to stop taking any herbal or diet products two weeks before your surgery date.
    • Bring only inhalers and eye drops to the hospital.
    • Do not bring any other medications to the hospital unless instructed by the nurse.
  • Do not bring valuables to the hospital such as jewelry, credit cards, checkbooks, money, radios etc.
  • Shower with antibacterial soap if instructed to do so.

Upon Arrival

  • You will be asked to report to Center 8 on the day of surgery. Do not go to Admitting unless instructed to do so by the nurse.
  • Parking is available in the valet area in front of the main entrance of the hospital. Bring the ticket in with you to be validated. Click here for more information regarding parking.
  • Enter the hospital via the main entrance, go through the lobby to the main elevators. Take the elevator to the 8th and follow the signs to your unit. Stop at the reception desk and announce your arrival to the secretary.

Helpful phone numbers

Surgery Time Line: 860-545-320 (between 1-6 P.M.)

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Patient Registration and Financial Review

The people in the patient registration office will review and verify personal information, such as: your social security number, address and insurance data. They will register you for all testing and/or admissions in one sitting. This will prevent waiting and delays when multiple services are needed at the hospital.

Once this process is complete, patients can go directly to a pre-operative room on the day of admission and by-pass the Admitting Office.

Those using the phone interview process will also speak with the patient registration office, and personal information will be verified over the phone. They will also be able to answer any questions about insurance coverage and pre-approval. Insurance authorization papers will be prepared and ready to sign on the day of arrival, again avoiding delays on the day of admission.

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Scheduling Appointments at the Center

Pre-Admission testing should be completed at least 2 days, but not more than 30 days before scheduled surgery.

Call (860) 545-2334 to make an appointment for pre-admission testing. We are open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Plan to spend between 30 to 90 minutes at the PATC depending on the complexity of the case and number of services needed.

Walk-ins are also welcome during regular hours. A representative from patient registration will meet with you to answer any insurance related questions.

When calling to make an appointment, please have the following information handy:

  • Your doctor's name
  • The procedure you're scheduled for
  • The date of your procedure

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