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What to Expect Before, During and After Surgery

We Help Before, During and After Your Surgery

At MultiCare, we provide surgical care that’s focused on your comfort and safety. Our collaborative team of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and specialists are dedicated to providing the best surgical outcomes possible for you. We’re here for you before, during and after surgery.

Preparing for Surgery

We want you to be prepared physically and mentally for your surgery, so we take steps to ensure that you’re as ready as possible with these steps.

• Presurgical testing. These tests vary from patient to patient — depending on the type of surgery being performed — but could include blood work, imaging tests, a urine analysis and more. We try to make these tests as quick and efficient as possible.

• Infection risk reduction. You will receive a preadmission packet containing chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) wipes that you need to use the night before your surgery. CHG wipes help reduce the bacteria on your skin, reduce the risk of infection after surgery and help you heal faster. This multistep video provides easy-to-follow steps about using the CHG wipes to prepare your skin.

• Presurgery call or visit. Our team checks in with you by phone or in person the day before your surgery to help you prepare. Have questions? Don’t worry! This is your chance to ask any remaining questions you.

Learn more about what to bring the day of your hospital visit.

The Day of Surgery

At MultiCare, you experience comfort at every turn.

After you check in at the hospital, you’re taken to a room where you wait until it’s time for your surgery. We give you a self-warming gown and blankets to make you comfortable.

During this time, various members of your surgical team will visit to introduce themselves to you, review your information and give you another opportunity to ask questions. When it’s time, you’re taken to the operating room.

After Surgery

After surgery, you are taken to a recovery room where you are observed while you recover from any anesthesia used. From there, you are either released to go home (for outpatient surgery) or taken to a hospital room.

Many patients worry about pain after surgery, but you don’t need to! Our goal is to minimize the pain and discomfort you may experience. Our team designs a pain management plan for you based on your unique needs.

Your physician will check in with you in the days following your surgery to see how you’re recovering, and you’ll follow up with the physician during the next weeks and months as you heal.

Contact Us

Need a surgeon?

Contact us at 800-342-9919 or find a doctor at MultiCare.