Preparing for Your Surgery

One of our staff members will call you to ask some necessary questions to complete the admissions process. Expect a call before 6 p.m. on the day before your pre-assessment appointment. If you don't receive a call, please call us at (864) 797-1070.

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Your insurance company may require prior approval, certification or a second opinion before surgery. If this is true of your insurance provider, please be sure to complete the requirements. Otherwise, the insurance company may reduce payment or refuse your claim.

Your pre-assessment appointment

Pre-assessment visits are required for all patients who will have anesthesia. These visits help us prepare you for anesthesia. During this visit, you will speak with a registered nurse and an anesthesiologist.  You also might have laboratory work, an electrocardiogram (EKG) or a chest X-ray.

You may eat and drink normally before your pre-anesthesia appointment unless your doctor gives you other instructions.

Remember to bring

• Your hospital insurance benefits card.
• Your pre-certification authorization number.
• Any papers or information given to you by your surgeon or your surgeon's office.
• A copy of the report from any recent lab work, chest X-rays or EKGs.
• All medication you are currently taking.
• Your Universal Medication form. 

The day of your surgery

Be sure to follow all of the instructions your surgeon and anesthesiologist have given you. Don't eat or drink anything, not even water, after midnight on the day of surgery unless you've been told to do so. Don't smoke, chew gum or use mints after midnight, or take medications after midnight, unless instructed to do so by your doctor.

If a change in your physical condition occurs before surgery, such as a cold, persistent cough, fever or important change in the condition for which you are to have surgery, please contact your surgeon. 

Be sure to arrive at the hospital at your scheduled appointment time. Wear comfortable clothing that can easily be removed and folded, don't wear jewelry and remove your make-up at home. If you wear contacts or glasses, remember to bring a case or container to store them during surgery.

What to bring for a hospital stay

  • Pajamas or a nightgown
  • Brush and comb
  • Robe and slippers
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shaving supplies

What not to bring

  • Jewelry or watches
  • Electronic devices
  • Large sums of money

For your family and friends

We want your loved ones to be comfortable as they support you during your surgery, however, we must ask that you limit visitors to one on your pre-assessment day and two on the day of surgery if you are going home on the day of surgery. If you will remain in the hospital following surgery, you may have more visitors.

On the day of your surgery, your family will be given a copy of "Instructions for Families and Visitors." It will direct them to the appropriate waiting area and give them an overview of visitor services.

Following your surgery, you will be taken to the post-anesthesia recovery room and will remain in recovery from one and a half to two hours. Your family will be given status reports if the recovery stay is longer than usual.

Visitors are not allowed in the recovery room unless there is an unusual circumstance; however, parents of small children are allowed in the recovery room as soon as the child regains consciousness.

Your Care Partner may visit at any time at your request. A Care Partner is a spouse, partner, family member or close friend who is at least 18 years old. He or she is chosen by the patient to provide emotional, physical, educational, social and spiritual support.

All other visitors are asked to observe the normal visiting hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For patient safety, our facilities are locked from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Some areas, such as mother-baby and intensive care units, have special visiting hours.

Exceptions to these hours will be made when appropriate. Interested visitors should see a guest services representative for an exception to the normal visiting hours.

Greenville Health System will provide you with three visitation signs for your door - a no visitors sign, a Care Partner and immediate family sign and a Care Partner only sign.

Our staff members respect and support your decision on visitation. Notify us if our assistance is needed in any way.

More detailed visitor information may be found on the Visitor's Page.