You will be called several days before your admission for information to
complete registration paperwork. At that time, you will be notified of any
co-payments and/or deductibles your insurance carrier may require. Please have
the following available;
- Insurance Card
- Physician Name
- Personal information
If you have questions, call (405) 604-4107.
If your surgery requires pre-admissions testing, your physician will schedule
you for a Pre-Admissions Testing appointment 3 to 5 days prior to your surgery.
Access to Deaconess
Deaconess Hospital is on the west side of between NW 50th and the Northwest
Click here to download a campus map - please use the Patient Entrance when
- Do not eat or drink anything (including water,
smokeless tobacco, gum, candy and mints) for at least eight (8) hours before
your surgery. Your doctor may give you additional preparation instructions. If
you eat or drink, your procedure will probably be cancelled.
- Notify your surgeon of any changes in your physical condition prior to
surgery (fever, cold, flu symptoms, etc.) before coming to the hospital. Your
surgeon may decide to reschedule your procedure, and needs to know.
- Arrange for a responsible adult to be with you and drive you home. No
patient having general anesthetic or sedation is permitted to drive home.
- Bathe or shower and wash your hair the night before surgery.
- Talk to your doctor about aspirin products or any other blood thinners
before your surgery.
- Please list all medications, including: diet pills, herbal supplements,
ADD/ADHD medications or natural medicines. These products can interact with
What to bring to the hospital
- Insurance Card(s)
- Drivers license or Valid Picture ID
- Any Applicable Referrals or Authorizations
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing and low heeled shoes.
- Leave all valuables (rings, watches, necklaces, money, etc.) at home. This
includes removal of all body piercings.
- Women should remove eye makeup and hair ornaments before surgery.
- Wear glasses instead of contacts.
For Parents of Children
- Bring what you would normally carry for a day’s outing (diapers and bottles
- Bring your child’s favorite toy or blanket.
- Dress your child in comfortable clothes, pajamas are best.
The day of surgery
Arrive as instructed by Deaconess staff or your physician. If you are going
to be late, contact the surgery center at (405) 604-6483.
An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will explain the anesthesia you will
receive. When you are in surgery, your family will be directed to a
waiting area. Leave your belongings with them for safekeeping.
Please ensure that at least one family member is in the waiting area after
your surgery to allow your surgeon to visit with them. Only two visitors are
permitted at one time in the patient care area.
When your procedure is complete, you may go to the recovery room until you
are alert enough to return to the surgery center (outpatients) or to your room
(if you are admitted to the hospital).
Family members are not permitted in the recovery room.
Depending on your surgery and personal needs, recovery may be as little as 30
minutes or as much as several hours. Your condition and comfort level will
be monitored to determine when you are stable enough for discharge.
Our goal is to reduce pain as much as possible, but you may still experience
some discomfort when you are discharged. Due to the nature of most surgical
procedures, it is impossible to make it pain-free and we will do our best to see
that your pain medicine keeps your pain to the lowest level possible.
You also may experience some nausea after your procedure. As with pain, we
make efforts to control nausea, but it may continue after your surgery. If your
nausea persists, we will contact your physician prior to discharge to arrange
for a prescription to treat your nausea at home. Once your nurse has determined
that you may be discharged, you will be released from the surgery center to the
care of a family member or other responsible person.
You and your family will be given instructions from your surgeon, as well as
written discharge instructions from the hospital. Ask questions about these
instructions if they are not clear to you. For safety reasons, all of our
patients must be transported to their cars by wheelchair.
No patient who has received general anesthesia or similar sedation
will be permitted to drive themselves home.