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Surgery Day

The days before surgery can make some people anxious though many also eagerly look forward to their surgical result. We believe that those patients who are well rested, well nourished, and well educated about their upcoming treatment are able to get through these days with bearable “jitters”.

Overnight Hospital Stays – Dr. Downey is determined to help all patients to be comfortable during and after the surgery. Many patients are able to have outpatient surgery and will be sufficiently recovered to leave the same day. The criteria for going home after outpatient surgery are sensible: you need to be able to eat and drink, walk, go to the bathroom on your own, and have good pain control.

After some operations, you may benefit from an overnight or even multiple night stay at Northwest Hospital, where you will be safely cared for under the supervision of Dr. Downey and the Northwest Hospital nursing staff. When we are planning your surgery in the pre-op period is when you and Dr. Downey will discuss the likelihood of your having to stay in the hospital for a while.

What to Bring – On the day of surgery, please bring the following with you:

  • Insurance card/authorization number/copayment.
  • Any other papers that the staff at Dr. Downey’s office have given you.
  • List of current medicines (with dosages) and any medicine allergies.
  • Your postoperative bra if we provided it for you or directed you to purchase one.
  • Any necessary medications or aids (i.e. inhaler for asthma, hearing aids, glasses, etc.).
  • Your overnight kit if our plan is to admit you to the hospital following surgery.

Additional Considerations

  • We will instruct you about how early to come to the hospital before your operation. This is usually 1 ½ – 2 hours beforehand.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Tops that zip or button up in the front are smart if you are having breast surgery; sweat pants with a draw string are easy to put back on even after liposuction or tummy tuck.
  • Do not smoke within 24 hours of surgery.
  • Do not have food, water, hard candy, chewing gum or tobacco after the specified time.
  • Brushing teeth is permitted the morning of surgery. Rinse and spit – do not swallow water.
  • Do not wear make-up or jewelry.
  • Remove nail polish unless you have artificial nails.
  • Leave your valuables at home or with your family/friends.
  • Bring a book or magazine to help pass the time.

Once You Arrive – Upon arrival at the hospital, a nurse will check you in and positively identify you: your diagnosis, surgery, surgical site, your signature on the Informed Consent, and that you have followed instructions on eating and drinking restrictions. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown with ties in the back. You will be given a sheet or blanket to cover yourself. You may have additional measurements taken, and Dr. Downey or might draw some precise reference marks on your skin in the area of the operation before we walk to the operating room.

Please be sure to immediately notify Dr. Downey or his staff of any changes in your health such as a cold, fever, flu or other illnesses.

You’re almost there! Please relax and contact us at (425) 778-8116 if you have any questions.


Once You Arrive – Upon arrival at the hospital, a nurse will check you in and positively identify you: your diagnosis, surgery, surgical