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Each year, thousands of Upstate residents choose AnMed Health for inpatient and outpatient surgery. The health system has been nationally recognized for high quality surgical care. Surgery is performed at AnMed Health Medical Center and AnMed Health Women's and Children's Hospital. Depending on the procedure, your physician may also choose to use one of our joint-venture surgery centers.



A Commitment to Safe Surgery

AnMed Health is committed to providing a safe surgical experience for patients. For your safety, our staff will ask you to repeat certain information before your operation. You may be asked these questions several times to ensure the information is correct. Some questions you will be asked include: 

  • What procedure are you having? 
  • Where on your body is the procedure to be done? Right or left? Front or back? 
  • What is your full name? Your identification bracelet will be checked each time. 
  • What is your date of birth? 

If needed, your surgeon will identify the surgical site by drawing on your skin. 

Our dedication to safer surgery is making a difference in the lives of patients at AnMed Health and around the country. By working with the Center for Transforming Healthcare and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), AnMed Health's surgical staff is leading the way in discovering best practices to improve health care for all Americans. 



What to Expect

When it comes to having surgery, most patients have a lot of questions. How long before I can return to normal activities? Will I be safe before, during and after the procedure? Advanced technology and a focus on safety means patients can get back to the rhythm of life sooner, with fewer chances of complications.



Before Surgery

Tell your surgeon if you have any ongoing health problems, including diabetes. Also tell your surgeon if you notice signs of an infection, skin problems or an oncoming cold. If you're sick the day of your surgery, please call the department where your surgery will take place.

North Campus surgery patients

North Campus endoscopy patients

Medical Center surgery patients

Medical Center endoscopy patients

If you're diabetic, your blood sugar must be controlled before surgery. Talk with your family physician if necessary. 

Contact your surgeon if you're taking aspirin, Ibuprofen, any over-the-counter medicine or blood thinner and have not been told to stop. 

Do not drink alcohol or use illegal drugs for at least 72 hours before surgery. 

Stop using tobacco products at least a month before your surgery. This helps avoid complications, such as pneumonia. Smoking also increases your risk for infection and delays healing. 



The Day of Surgery 

Be sure you know which facility to go to the day of your surgery. When you come to the hospital, do not wear contacts, make-up or nail polish. Remove any piercings. Leave jewelry and other valuables at home. Tell your nurse if you wear dentures or any other prosthetic.



After Surgery 

If you're staying in the hospital overnight, you will be taken to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit for close monitoring. Visitors are not allowed in recovery rooms. While you're there, the physician will speak to your family. You will be moved to a hospital room when your anesthesia has worn off and a room is available. The nurse will give your family your room number. After talking with your physician, your family can wait in your room.

If you're going home, depending on the anesthesia you chose, you'll recover in either the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit or a post-operative care area. Visitors are not allowed in recovery rooms. While you are there, the physician will speak to your family. 

When your anesthesia has worn off, you will go to the outpatient surgery unit. Your family can join you there. You may need to show that you can drink fluids before you leave. For some surgical procedures, or with spinal anesthesia, you may be required to go to the bathroom before leaving. 

Before you leave, a nurse will review home care instructions with you and your family member or friend. You'll learn about lifestyle changes, special diet plans and pain medicines. The nurse will go over what you should watch for and when you'll see your surgeon next. You will also learn to care for your wound. 

When you're dressed, you'll go to your car in a wheelchair. A responsible adult must drive you home and be available to assist you after your surgery.

Download the Patient Guide to Surgery to learn more about surgery at AnMed Health.