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Important information about what to do to prepare for your day of surgery including time of arrival and  pre-surgery instructions.

Before Your Surgery

A member of the Perianesthesia Department will call you prior to your scheduled surgery with your surgery time, instructions
and the time you are to report to the hospital.

If your surgery is being conducted at Community Campus:
You will be called between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. with your surgery time. If you have not been called by 4 p.m. on the last weekday prior to your surgery, you may call the Perianesthesia Department at Community Campus— (717) 657-7530. The Perianesthesia Department is closed on weekends and holidays.

If your surgery is being performed at Harrisburg Campus:
If you have not been contacted prior to your surgery, you may call the Perianesthesia Department at Harrisburg Campus—(717) 782- 3326.

If your surgery is being performed at West Shore Hospital: You will be called between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the last business day prior to your surgery to be given instructions and your arrival time. If you have not been called by 4 p.m., you may call the Perianesthesia Department at West Shore Campus—(717) 988-1167. The Perianesthesia Department is closed on weekends and holidays.

Instructions Before Your Surgery

Fasting Instructions
  • For adults (greater than 12 years of age or a child weighing 110 pounds or greater): NPO (no food or water) after midnight with a light meal the evening prior to surgery.
  • For children (less than 12 years of age): No more than 4 oz. of clear liquids, two hours prior to arrival time to hospital. Breast-fed babies may breast feed up to three hours prior to scheduled arrival time. Formula-fed babies may be given not more than 4 oz. of infant formula up to five hours prior to scheduled arrival time.
Other Reminders:
  • Please complete the enclosed medication list. Leave all of our regular medications at home, except inhalers, unless your physician specifically asks you to bring them. Bring any inhalers along with you and give them to your nurse when you arrive.
  • Please remember to bring your insurance cards and photo ID.
  • Arrange for a friend or relative to drive you home after the surgery or procedure.
  • Two adults may accompany children who are having outpatient surgery. Please don’t bring children other than the patient.
  • PinnacleHealth does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any belongings brought into the hospital except for those that have been deposited in the hospital safe. Patients are urged to leave articles at home that they consider to be of personal value. Belongings that are retained at the bedside are the sole responsibility of the patient.
  • Since eyeglasses, contact lenses, prosthesis and dentures must be removed before surgery, please remember to bring protective containers, or you may want to leave them at home. Please bring your own contact solution. Inpat ient and Outpat ient Surgery Guide
  • All jewelry, including piercings and your wedding band, must be removed. If your wedding band cannot be removed, please go to a jeweler to have it removed.
  • Shower or bathe and brush your teeth.
  • Do not wear makeup on the day of surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes with flat heels.
  • Your jewelry, money, credit cards or other valuables should be left at home. Keep no more than $5 at your bedside for newspapers or small convenience items.
  • Do not smoke after midnight prior to your surgery or procedure.
  • If you are staying overnight, please leave large items like suitcases in your car until you have been assigned a room.