The following will give you an idea of what to expect when you come for
surgery at St. Mary's Medical Center:
- You will come to the Holding Area to prepare for your surgery. When you
are ready, a family member or friend will be able to wait with you before
surgery. The Holding Area nurse will answer any of your questions and
keep you as comfortable as possible.
- You will be asked a series of questions such as your name, surgeon's
name, type of surgery, allergies and the last time you ate or drank anything.
- You will be given a hospital gown to wear and a cap to cover your hair.
Your belongings will be placed in a bag for you. You will be asked to
remove your jewelry and give it to your family or it will be placed with
- Your surgeon, anesthesiologist, and operating room nurse will all visit
with you in the Holding Area before you are taken to surgery. You will
be asked many of the same questions you have already answered. Any questions
you have will also be answered at this time.
- You will be taken to the Operating Room by the operating room nurse. You
will be given warm blankets because the operating room may feel cold.
The room will also be brightly lit. Your family will be shown where to
wait. The surgeon will speak with them after your surgery.
- After surgery, you may have a dressing over your incision. You will be
in the recovery room until you are awake enough to go home or to your
816-655-5442 for more information about inpatient and outpatient surgery at St. Mary's