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4800 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959

Instructions for patients coming in for surgery

Before surgery
Before your date of surgery, your physician may schedule you for a pre-operative visit to the hospital. During this visit, you may be registered for your surgery, visit the anesthesiologist, obtain lab testing and EKG as need and receive additional information about care following your surgery or procedure.

On the day before surgery, a nurse will contact you to prepare your medical record and answer your questions. Please observe these guidelines:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight of the night before surgery. If you do, your surgery may be cancelled.
  • Notify your physicians if you change your mind about having surgery or if your physicial condition changes (sore throat, cough, fever or infection).
  • Your doctor will tell you how to manage your medications. If you are taking a blood thinner such as aspirin, please inform your doctor and the surgical team.
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and flat shoes so you can dress easily after surgery if returning home. If you will have a cast, wear clothing that will fit over it.
  • We recommend you do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before surgery.
  • Please be on time. Plan to arrive one hour before your scheduled surgery time. Your physicians may request an earlier admission time.
  • Remove all make-up and nail polish before you come.
  • Notify your doctor if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
  • Bathe or shower the morning of your procedure unless your surgeon has indicated otherwise.
  • Remove contact lenses, including extended wear, before surgery. Bring your contact lens container.
  • Do not bring valuables (jewelry, cash and credit cards).
  • Remember to bring your medical insurance cards.
  • Bring your living will, advance directive, healthcare power of attorney or advance instruction for mental health treatment.
  • Be sure to bring any paperwork or test results your doctor has given you.

Day of Surgery 

  • If you have not already been admitted to the hospital, you must register at the admissions/registration desk, located in the front lobby area. The desk opens at 7:30 a.m. and can be reached by the hospital's front entrance. If you arrive earlier than this, you must register in the Emergency Department. Please inform the registar that you are here for surgery.
  • If you are scheduled for a Caesarean section, you will be admitted to the Labor and Delivery area.
  • After you have checked in, a nurse will escort you to an area where you will put on a hospital gown and slippers. You will be asked to remove dentures, contact lenses and prostheses.
  • Your nurse will take your pulse, blood pressure and respiration. An anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist and your doctor will talk with you before your surgery.

After Surgery 

  • After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where a registered nurse will monitor your condition. Your doctor will provide specific instruction following your surgery.
  • A responsible adult (18 years or older) must be available to drive you home and care for you for at least 24 hours after you are discharged.


  • A recovery room nurse will visit you in your hospital room or phone you at home one to three days following your surgery to see how you are doing and answer questions you may have.

Children having surgery 

  • Children scheduled for surgery are less apprehensive about their surgical experience if they visit the surgery area before their day of surgery.
  • Children may bring a favorite toy or blanket with them for added reassurance.
  • Parents may remain with their children until it is time for them to go to the OR and may join their children in the recovery room as soon as possible.