What You Need to Know
Thank you for choosing Weatherford Regional Hospital Surgery Department!
We realize this may be a new experience for you, so we have created this information packet to better prepare you and your support person(s) for your surgical procedure.
We need to give you some information and ask some questions to help us prepare for your care. A member of our nursing staff will attempt to contact you by telephone 1 – 3 days before your procedure date. To maintain privacy and comply with confidentiality requirements, they will identify themselves as being from the Weatherford Regional Hospital Surgery Department and will leave a message with a callback number on your answering machine if unable to reach you personally.
If we have not reached you, please contact us by dialing (580) 774-4716 between 10 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. One of our nurses will speak with you. If staff does not answer, please leave a message, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
It is important that you follow your doctor/surgeon’s instructions for when to stop eating/drinking fluids and when to arrive at the hospital. In addition, you should follow your doctor’s instructions regarding what medications to take the morning of your surgery. Contact your surgeon if there is a change in your condition.
If you are taking ORAL diabetic medication, do not take it on the day of the procedure unless told to do so by your surgeon.
Take your regular medicine for HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART PROBLEMS, or SEIZURE PROBLEMS on the day of your procedure unless otherwise told to by your surgeon. Please take medication with ONLY A SIP OF WATER.
NO solid food and/or non-clear/full liquids up to eight (8) hours before surgery.
Solid foods and Non-clear/Full liquids= milk, juice, nectar, vegetable juice, Jell-O, gum, candy, mints, etc.
Only clear liquids up to six (6) hours before surgery.
Clear liquids= clear apple juice, sugar water, water, 7-Up, Sprite, balanced salt solution (Gatorade).
Nothing by mouth for the six (6) hour period immediately before surgery.
UNDIGESTED FOOD/ DRINK COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS AND MAY REQUIRE RESCHEDULING OF YOUR SURGERY.