Hammond-Henry Hospital

You're Having Surgery

Preparing for Surgery 

Prior to surgery you will meet with your surgeon and he/she will explain the benefits and risks associated with that particular procedure. You and your surgeon will choose a day and time and will schedule this with our surgery department.
Our pre-admission teaching nurse will call you and review your medical history or set up an appointment for you to come in and meet with her. This usually takes place two weeks prior to your procedure. During your visit she will gather information regarding your general health. You will be asked to sign a surgical consent and other necessary forms. If your surgeon has ordered any lab work, x-rays, or EKG, they will also be completed at this time. If you are unable to come in prior to the day of surgery, the nurse will take a phone history and the remaining items will be completed on the day of surgery.
It is advised that you follow these recommended steps prior any surgery:  

  • Quit smoking or at least cut down before surgery
  • Stop drinking alcohol at least 24 hours before surgery
  • Advise the pre-admission nurse of any illegal drug use or herbal supplements
  • Ask your surgeon about taking any meds before surgery
  • Arrange rides to and from the hospital
  • Do not eat or drink anything after the time specified by your surgeon
  • Call your doctor if you develop a fever, cold, or rash
  • Plan for aftercare such as transportation, home care, or skilled care
  • Provide the hospital with a copy of your advanced medical direction if you have one 

Day of Surgery

It is normal to feel apprehensive before surgery. Please remember that your surgeon and surgical team have done this procedure many times.
Before you leave home:

  • Shower or bathe the night before and morning of using antibacteria soap such as dial
  • No makeup, lipstick, fingernail polish, or hair products
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
  • Leave all valuables at home including jewelry, cash, credit card, etc. 

Be sure to bring:

  • Insurance cards or forms and photo ID
  • A list of medications and dosages you routinely take at home
  • A parent or legal guardian if under age 18 

Check in

  • Please report to the admission desk and sign any forms.
  • You will be directed either to Same Day Services or Inpatient Services (if you'll be spending the night).
  • You will change into a hospital gown.
  • The nurse will place an identification bracelet and allergy bracelet (if necessary) on your wrist and verify your name and date of birth are correct.
  • You will remove your glasses, dentures, and hearing aids if necessary.
  • An IV will be started in your arm or hand to provide medications and fluids. 


  • A nurse will take you to the operating room.
  • You will be asked to state your name, date of birth and what procedure your having done.
  • You will have monitors attached that show the staff your blood pressure, heart functions, and oxygen levels.  


After surgery you will either be taken back to your room or to the recovery room and monitored closely. If you need something for pain, simply ask.
It is not unusual after surgery to experience nausea, vomiting, and a mild sore throat. Mild bruising or soreness may occur at the IV insertion site. These generally disappear in a short time.
At first you may feel unsteady on your feet. Please call for help, until the nurse says that you may get up without assistance. It is in your best interest to become active as soon as possible and gradually increase your activity.
A healthy diet will speed your recovery. It is wise to ease back to a normal diet. Eat small amounts of bland foods at first as directed by your physician.  

If you have an incision

  • A nurse will demonstrate how to care for your incision.
  • Wash your hands before and after touching the area to help prevent infection.
  • Keep the incision clean and dry.
  • Take warm showers instead of baths. 


Your doctor determines when you will be discharged. Your nurse will go over your home instructions and send a copy with you. Be sure you undertand the instructions and ask any questions you may have at this time. Please have someone available to drive you home.
Some topics to discuss with your doctor:

  • Incision Care
  • Medications
  • Pain Control
  • Bathing
  • Diet
  • Activity
  • Driving
  • Follow-up Appointment
  • Returning to work 

 Our staff will make every effort to contact you the day after discharge or within 72 hours to check on your progress. 

Reasons to call your surgeon:

  • A fever over 101°
  • Incision becomes red, swollen, or open
  • Bleeding from your incision
  • Pain not relieved by pain medication
  • Nausea, vomiting, rash or itching


After you are home you will receive a survey in the mail. There will be questions regarding your visit with us. Please take time to complete and mail the survey. The feedback from the surveys allows us to continually work on improving our services.

Hammond-Henry Hospital Surgery Center
600 North College Avenue
Geneseo, IL 61254
Phone: (309) 944-9171
Email: surgery@hammondhenry.com