What to Expect
Our Surgery Scheduler will help you with everything related to your upcoming surgery. She will provide you with pre-surgery information and answer any questions you may have regarding your upcoming surgery. We offer a variety of surgery times at our two surgery locations, Overlake Hospital Medical Center and Overlake Surgery Center. Your surgery may be scheduled only after you have seen the doctor and he has written up the surgery orders. You may reach the Surgery Scheduler at 425-462-9800 ext. 109 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Our pre-surgery information folder, given to you when a surgery date is chosen, is designed to ensure that your surgery is as comfortable and safe as possible. It is very important you read the materials carefully and comply with all the instructions and time-sensitive matters. Failure to follow the instructions may result in the need to cancel and reschedule to avoid complications during surgery.
- Stop taking any NSAIDs 10 days prior to surgery. There is a complete list of medications you will need to stop and the timing of that in your surgery folder.
- TYLENOL IS ALLOWED.
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery for Overlake Surgery Center and nothing to eat or drink eight hours prior to your check-in time for Overlake Hospital. This includes chewing gum, water, candy, coffee, chewing tobacco, etc… The hospital will instruct you on which medications you may take the morning of surgery, along with a sip of water.
- The hospital will call you the business day before your surgery to give you your check-in/surgery time. Please make sure we have a phone number where we can reach you or leave a message on this day. If you have not been notified by 3:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to your surgery date, please call the Surgery Scheduler at 425-462-9800 ext. 109.
- Notify your surgeon immediately if you develop a cold, infection, or illness prior to your surgery.
- Make sure you have arranged for transportation home. You will not be able to drive yourself home. Arrange to have a responsible person available to you after surgery to help you with your care.
- Do not smoke after midnight. Smoking can irritate your lungs.
- Park in the West parking garage if your surgery is scheduled at Overlake Hospital and in the North parking garage if you will be having surgery at Overlake Surgery Center in the Medical Tower.
- Being late to your check-in time may delay your surgery and cancellation may be necessary.
- Please leave all your jewelry and valuables at home.
- If you wear contact lenses, glasses, or hearing aids please bring a case for them. You will be asked to remove them before surgery.
- Your postoperative discharge instructions will be reviewed with you by a nurse prior to your discharge.
- Recovery times vary after your procedure and the nursing staff will assist you with this process.
- You will need to arrange for a ride home and you must be discharged to the care of a responsible adult, as our patients are instructed not to drive for 24 hours following surgery due to the lingering effects of the anesthetic.
- Our staff or the hospital will typically call you the day after your surgery to check on you and answer any questions you may have.
Under the care of highly experienced anesthesiologists, our patients may elect to be fully asleep, completely unaware, or awake throughout the surgery, depending on the type of procedure.
After a thorough health history, your anesthesiologist will describe all of the options for anesthesia during your surgery, and recommend the best one for you. This will include reasons for that recommendation, and the risks and benefits of the anesthesia options. We strongly advise you to follow your anesthesiologist’s recommendation, but the final decision is yours to make.
The surgeon will typically administer a local anesthetic at the site of the surgery so that you will not experience pain after the procedure. The pain blocking benefits of this anesthetic usually last for 4-8 hours post-surgery, but can last several days.
The Anesthesia Hotline can be reached at (425) 646-5825.