Day of Surgery

The day of surgery can be an anxious time for some people, but knowing what to expect can help ease that tension.

It is important that you arrive at the Surgical Center at your designated time. This will enable our staff to complete your registration, review your medical history and prepare you for surgery.

  • You will need to be available by phone in case of schedule changes.
  • Bring insurance cards and photo ID the day of surgery.
  •  Arrive on time per your instructions.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not wear makeup and remove nail polish.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home. Remove your piercings and rings.
  • Do not use fragrance or perfumes.
  • Do not eat or drink anything today before your surgery, including chewing gum, hard candy and any kind of tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes or chewing tobacco).
  • You should take any scheduled prescribed medicines (such as heart and blood pressure) with a sip of water the morning of surgery unless otherwise told by your surgeon or anesthesiologist.
  • If you have diabetes:
    • Please take 1/2 of your morning insulin (Lantus, NPH)
    • Do not take any of your diabetic oral medication that morning.
      • Note: NO Metformin for 48 hours before surgery.
    • If you experience low blood sugar, you may drink 3 oz. of apple juice.
    • Please call if you have questions or concerns.
  • If you are a female between the ages of 12-55, you may be asked to give a urine sample when you arrive.

Check-in and Patient Registration

IMPORTANT: Check-in and register at Mount Nittany Health’s Surgical Center, 1850 East Park Avenue, Suite 103. Do not register at the hospital!

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Upon arrival, your insurance and demographic information will be reviewed. You will then be met by a nurse to prepare for surgery.