PREPARING FOR SURGERY and PROCEDURES

Includes: EGD | Colonoscopy

You have a role in your recovery. We encourage you to utilize our Preparing for Your Surgery and Procedures resources below, to educate yourself about surgery. Research shows that people who are well-informed about their treatment procedures enjoy a better outcome and are more satisfied with their results. For your convenience, and to reduce the amount of time you need to spend at the hospital to get ready for your surgery/procedure we have placed many of our forms and education materials on the web. You can complete many of these in the comfort of your own home.

PATIENTS PREPARING FOR SURGERY / PROCEDURES

To help you better prepare for your surgery / procedure and to reduce the stress that usually goes along with such invasive treatments we have prepared several documents to answer the many questions that will arise once you start getting ready for your surgery / procedure.



Preparatory Education Videos

These videos are intended to provide you with basic education on how we can improve your recovery and make your hospital stay safer.

Patient Education Video


Surgery Preparatory guide

Explains what you can do to prepare for surgery/procedures, what to expect during your hospital stay, and your recovery.

Surgery Preparatory Guide


Diet

If you are having surgery or a procedure you will likely be told to stop eating or drinking for several hours before your procedure or surgery

Diet and surgery/procedures


Home Medications & Health History

Always bring your medications with you. If you have a brief health history summary, our doctors and staff will have more accurate information about your health.

About Home Medications

Health History Card


Anticoagulants

Most anticoagulants or blood thinners (such as coumadin, heparin, lovenox, plavix, ibuprofen, Xeralto, ...) have to be stopped before surgery or invasive procedures. Make sure you have informed us if you are taking any type of anticoagulant beforehand.

Anticoagulants


Informed Consent

Before having your operation/procedure, you will be asked to indicate that you understand the nature of the surgical procedure to be performed and that you give your permission for the operation/procedure. Frankly discuss with your surgeon any concerns or questions you have about the procedure/surgery.

Informed Consent


Vaccines

You may not realize that you need vaccines throughout your life. Adults need to keep their vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You are also at risk for different diseases as an adult. Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available.


Smoking

You should stop smoking 8 weeks before surgery or procedures to reduce complications and risks associated with smoking. Take advantage of the KanQuitLine to help you quit smoking.

KanQuit (Kansas)

KanQuit (Missouri)

Treatment Options


Discharge Instructions / Follow-Up

At the time of discharge we give you a lot of information. After you go home many questions may arise. Use the form below to prompt you for important questions you may want to ask your doctor or staff when going home.

Discharge Instructions


Safe Use of Pain Medication

Most likely you will be given pain medication to go home with after an operation or procedure to control pain. We would like to share information about safe use of pain medication.

A Guide to Safe Use of Pain Medicine


Ride Home

After administration of any type of anesthesia or sedating medication you will be required to have a ride home.

The ride home