What should I bring with me to the hospital?
Mercy Regional Health Center will supply you with sufficient bed clothing for your stay here. However, if you would like to bring your own pajamas and a bathrobe to feel more comfortable, you may do so. You will want to bring some personal items with you, including:
- A list of current medications, dosages and frequency
- A list of medication allergies
- Doctor's orders
- Laboratory test results
- A copy of any Advance Directives (living will or a durable power of attorney)
- Any medical records your physician requested
- Insurance information (workers' compensation cases must provide all claim information, including the date of injury)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Small change for newspapers
- Shaving equipment
- Cases for dentures, eyeglasses and contact lenses
- Diapers and a bottle for young children
What shouldn't I bring with me to the hospital?
We encourage patients to bring only those personal items necessary for optimal patient care. We urge you not to bring:
- Large amounts of cash
- Expensive jewelry
- Credit cards
If you do bring such items, ask a nurse to place these items in our safe. The hospital cannot assume responsibility for items not placed in our safe.
When not in use, fragile items such as dentures or eyeglasses should be kept in a protective container and labeled appropriately to prevent them from getting misplaced or broken. Mercy Regional Health Center is not responsible for broken or lost eyeglasses or contact lenses.
How should I prepare for my surgery?
For your health and safety, it is important you follow these instructions. Otherwise, your surgery may be cancelled.
- A nurse from Mercy Regional will call you 24 to 48 hours prior to your surgery to review your medical condition, allergies and medications. We will also transfer the call to an admissions specialist who will talk with you regarding your personal data and insurance information.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery unless your doctor or anesthesia personnel have told you otherwise. Do not smoke, use tobacco products, chew gum or suck on candy. Failure to observe these precautions may result in the cancellation of your surgery.
- In order to enhance breathing, smokers should not smoke for 24 to 48 hours before surgery.
- If you develop a fever, rash, cold, sore throat or any other abnormal symptoms prior to your appointment, be sure to notify your surgeon. Your surgeon may wish to reschedule the surgery for your safety.
- Bathe before you arrive for surgery. You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water.
- Be at the facility at the appointed time. Your surgery could be cancelled if you arrive late.
- Make arrangements for someone to drive you home. Please do not take a bus or cab. The medications and anesthesia can temporarily impair your reaction time. We cannot release you from the hospital until you have someone to drive you home.
- If you take any medications — especially for diabetes, hypertension or heart problems — ask your doctor when to take them and how much to take before your surgery.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown before your surgery.
- Please remove make-up, lotion and nail polish prior to arrival at the hospital. Please also remove all body piercings.
- You will be asked to sign a consent form for your anesthesia and surgery. A foster child, minor (anyone under the age of 18) or anyone lacking decisional capacity must be accompanied by a natural parent, legal guardian, or caregiver. Documentation or proof of legal guardianship will be required.
- Please do not bring children with you to the hospital unless you have family to care for them; we do not offer childcare facilities.
- Before your surgery, you may discuss pain management options with your surgeon, anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist to help you better prepare for your post-operative healing.
Your cooperation is necessary for your safety and comfort. If you have any questions pertaining to your care, please contact us.
What will happen once I arrive for surgery?
- You will be asked to arrive one to two hours before your surgery and check in at the Admissions desk on the main floor. Admissions will then send you to the appropriate area.
- The surgery staff will greet you in the waiting room and take you to the pre-operative surgical bay to prepare you for surgery.
- Your nurse, surgeon, and anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will evaluate your condition before surgery and order any necessary medication.
- Your family will be asked to wait in the surgical waiting area while the staff prepares you for surgery and until your procedure is completed. At that time, the doctor will come to speak with family members.
Will I have to follow a special diet or change my physical activity after surgery?
You will need to discuss any concerns with your surgeon or primary care physician. If your physician prescribes a special diet to be continued after your dismissal, instructions will be provided before you leave the hospital.
Before you are discharged, make sure all of your questions have been answered about:
What should I expect after surgery?
After surgical procedures, pain is often expected and inevitable. However, post-operative pain can be minimized with the help of medication prescribed by your doctor.
All patients receive individualized instructions for follow-up care. All outpatients will receive a phone call to check on the healing process a day or two after the procedure. Your recovery depends on the type of surgery, as well as your general health. Our nurses and doctors will discuss recovery with you and your escort before you leave the hospital.
How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
The duration of your post-operative stay at Mercy will depend on the type of surgery, your body's ability to recover and what your surgeon believes is best for your health. Please be sure to communicate any concerns or questions you might have with your surgeon or primary care physician.
What does the discharge process involve?
Your social work case manager can help make any necessary discharge arrangements. Please discuss any special requirements with the social work case manager.
- You and your doctor or case management team members will discuss your needs before you are discharged, including arranging transportation, having hospital equipment and supplies delivered to your home, and filling your prescriptions.
- You will be asked to choose a home care agency if you need home care services, and a vendor if you need medical supplies after discharge.
- You will be asked to identify family members or friends who can assist you at home.
- Your family will need to bring your credit card for any hospital cost that is not covered by insurance and is required at time of discharge, such as prescription drugs through the hospital pharmacy.
- You may be asked to choose a nursing home if you have a change in your medical condition or home situation that does not require hospital services.
- You will need to gather any belongings you brought to the hospital, including medications.
Is Mercy Regional affiliated with the Manhattan Surgical Center?
No, Mercy Regional Health Center is not affiliated with the Manhattan Surgical Center.
Mercy Regional Health Center is a not-for-profit facility. Manhattan Surgical Center is a for-profit facility and is partially owned by local physicians. Your physician may have ownership in the Manhattan Surgical Center.
You have the right to choose where you want to have your surgery procedure performed. Be sure to voice your preferences so that your physician can make the appropriate arrangements.
Do Mercy Regional surgeons also work at the Manhattan Surgical Center?
Some surgeons may perform surgeries at both locations.
Our surgeons have privileges to perform surgeries at Mercy Regional, but they are not employed by Mercy Regional. Surgeons own private practices and are therefore self-employed.