Helping Your Day of Surgery Go Smoothly
Information on this page is for patients who will be undergoing a surgical procedure at Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH), Gouverneur Hospital (GH), or Massena Hospital (MH). Please note, some CPH procedures are done at the Leroy Outpatient Center, located at the Hospital's main campus, and those patients should report directly to the Center.
Make sure you complete any pre-op testing or medical consults ordered by your surgeon or primary care provider.
Please request that any pre-op testing and medical consult notes be faxed to your surgeon’s office AND to the hospital's Pre-Op Department.
CPH fax: (315) 261-5037
GH fax: (315) 535-9322
MH fax: (315) 769-4618
The pre-surgical screening nurse will call or meet with you prior to your scheduled surgery to review your health history and current medication list. The information we gather will help us prepare for your care; you will have an opportunity to ask questions and tell us your concerns. If you have any questions about your pre-op nurse visit or call please call Pre-Op Scheduling - CPH: (315) 261-5332; GH: (315) 287-1000; MH: (315) 769-4306 or (315) 769-4212.
Contact your surgeon's office if your condition has changed (cold, fever, rash, other illness or if there is any possibility of pregnancy). The day of surgery, women of childbearing age will be asked to provide a urine specimen for a pregnancy test.
CPH Patients: You will be called the day prior to your procedure. between 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm with your check-in time. For Monday surgeries you will be called on Friday. If you have not heard from us by 4:00 pm or if you have questions about your time, please call Surgical Services directly at (315) 261-5975.
GH Patients: You will be called the day prior to your procedure between the hours of 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm with your check-in time. For Monday procedures you will be called on the Thursday or Friday between the same hours. If you have not heard from us by 4:00 pm or if you have any questions, please call Surgical Services directly at (315) 535-9273.
MH Patients: You will be called the day prior to your procedure. between 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with your check-in time. For Monday surgeries you will be called on Friday. If you have not heard from us by 3:00 pm or if you have questions about your time, please call Surgical Services directly at (315) 769-4212 before 3:30 pm.
If you need to cancel your surgery, please call the surgeon's office directly.
If you need to cancel your surgery, and it is over the weekend for a Monday surgery, please call the hospital and ask for the Nursing Supervisor. Call CPH: (315) 265-3300; GH: (315) 287-1000; MH: (315) 769-4200.
On the day of your procedure, please arrange for an adult to drive you home and remain with you for 24 hours (we cannot perform the surgery otherwise). Make child care arrangements for your children for the full day of surgery.
Eating and Drinking Guidelines
Do not eat solid foods after midnight the night before your scheduled procedure. No hard candy, gum, mints or cough drops.
Do not drink anything after midnight the night before your scheduled procedure, except for sips of water for the morning medication you were instructed to take.
Special considerations: If you are a diabetic or have a check-in time after 8am, you may drink water or apple juice for up to four (4) hours before your arrival time for surgery. The four (4) hours prior to arriving you may only have sips of water for necessary medications. [Not applicable for MH procedures.]
Unless instructed otherwise, it is important to drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself well hydrated the day before your surgery.
General Anesthesia relaxes the muscle in your digestive track and airway that keep food and acid in your stomach and out of your lungs. That is why it is important to follow your physician's instructions about when to stop eating and drinking prior to surgery.
Take your regular morning medication for seizure problems, depression, anxiety, birth control, thyroid problems and GERD/heartburn medication with sips of water as directed by your surgeon or primary care provider.
If you are on blood pressure or heart medication, please discuss with your surgeon, primary care provider or pre-op nurse which ones to take the morning of surgery.
If you are on any blood thinners such as Aspirin, Plavix, Warfarin, Coumadin, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Eliquis please confirm with your surgeon or primary care provider whether you may continue taking them prior to your procedure.
If you are on oral diabetic medicine, do NOT take them on the day of your procedure, unless told to do so by your provider. Please check with your primary care provider or surgeon regarding any insulin or insulin pump adjustments. All diabetics will have their blood sugar tested after admission to their pre-op room.
Help prevent infection by doing the following:
- Use the pre-surgical chlorhexidine wipes or shower wipes or shower kit as instructed (if you were given them).
- If you were not given any wipes, please bathe/shower before arriving.
- Please brush your teeth/perform oral hygiene prior to arriving (do not swallow any water).
- Do not apply lotion.
- Do not shave near or at the surgical site at home unless instructed to do so.
- Leave all jewelry at home – including watches, earrings, rings piercings and accessories.
- Do not wear make-up or nail polish.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water, and insist that caregivers do the same.
- Wear loose fitting clothing or pajamas (something easy to get dressed in to go home.)
- Shirt/top with front closure for face/head/ shoulder surgery
- Shirt/top with loose sleeves for hand or arm surgery
- Loose pants to allow for a big bandage for knee or foot surgery
Items to Bring With You
- Your insurance card and driver's license/photo ID
- List of current medications
- Case for storing your glasses/contact lenses, dentures, or hearing aids (these will be removed before surgery)
- Court or guardianship paperwork
- Copy of any Advance Directives you may have (e.g. Health care proxy, Living Will or MOLST form)
- If you have sleep apnea and have a CPAP/BIPAP machine, please bring it with you, even for day surgeries.\
- Please DO NOT bring any valuables
Preparing for Your Surgery
Review frequently asked questions about Preparing for Your Surgery.