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INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO SURGERY

Dear patient,

This sheet presents information about the wait in the Surgical Outpatient Department and the process you can expect before surgery.

We are at your service for any question,

Outpatient Department team

General information

The Outpatient Department has several units that run simultaneously: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology and the Gastroenterology Institute.

The Surgery Department performs a variety of surgeries every day. Most surgeries are performed in an operating room – for the Outpatient Department, some are performed in the operating room on the 3rd floor.

What can you expect during the day?

After completing office arrangements with the receptionist, you must wait in the waiting room. The nurse from the Surgery Department will call you and perform a nursing intake that includes: questions about the type of surgery, underlying diseases, regular medications you are taking, drug sensitivity, and more. The nurse will take your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, weight, and also explain to you what is expected during the day.

You must give the nurse the results of the tests that you were asked to bring with you.

At the end of the nursing intake, you will wait in the waiting room

Please note! Patients are received by the nurse according to the order of their arrival to the Outpatient Department. Surgeries are performed according to a pre-prepared list set by the doctors.

Important to know! The surgery appointment time is not necessarily the time when you will enter the operating room – the surgery schedule can change at the doctor's discretion.

What are the preparations for surgery?

When it's your turn, the nurse will instruct you about changing clothes before the surgery.

The surgeon will explain to you about the operation and have you sign a consent form for the operation.

The anesthesiologist will explain to you about the anesthesia, interview you about your state of health and will have you sign a consent form for anesthesia.

The operating room nurse will meet you and accompany you to the operating room.

What can you expect after the surgery?

Recovery – after the operation, you will be moved to recovery or the Surgical Outpatient Unit.

You will remain there for at least two hours after the end of the operation, until full recovery, which includes: eating and drinking without vomiting, urinating, full alertness and a good general feeling.

For surgeries performed under local anesthesia only, you will remain for observation for about half an hour – an hour after the operation.

Discharge from the hospital – Discharge will only take place after the surgeon approves your discharge.

Before you leave, the nurse will instruct and direct you for further treatment and follow-up at home.

The Outpatient Department team wishes you a successful surgery and speedy recovery

The information appearing in this publication is for educational purposes only and does not constitute a medical opinion and in any event, is not a substitute for professional medical advice. All rights reserved to Hadassah © Do not photocopy, duplicate or make any commercial use without written permission from Hadassah. The booklet is intended for both men and women. 2022.