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Veteran Health Indiana

 

Same Day Surgery

Your Surgery Service is staffed by some of the most skilled surgeons, nurses and health techs in the nation using some of the latest in technology.  Our focus on patient safety is our top priority. 

Here's some information you need to know regarding your surgery:

What to do before you come to the medical center:

  • Don't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless instructed by your MD;
  • Wear comfortable clothing;
  • Don't drink alcohol or smoke 24 hours before your surgery;
  • It is recommended that someone stay with you if you go home for the first 24 hours following surgery;
  • You may take your regular medications the morning of surgery with a small sip of water only but do not take;
    • Follow your case manager's instructions regarding you diabetic medications. You may take your pain medicines the morning of surgery;
    • Please take all medications for your heart or blood pressure unless otherwise instructed; 
    • Let the nurse know, the morning of surgery, what medications you took.
  • You will be contacted after 1:00 pm the day before your surgery with the exact time you need to be here.  If you do not receive a call by 4:00 PM, please contact us at the numbers below;
  • YOU MUST NOTIFY US IF YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION CHANGES between your PAT visit and your surgery date. Contact your surgical case manager if you have been hospitalized, have been seen in any emergency room, have suffered any acute illnesses, infection,  have undergone any procedures (such as cardiac cath/stenting or pacemaker/ICD placement), or have had any heart or lung problems. This includes VA and non-VA treatment.

  • If you do not have a ride, or someone to stay with you after surgery, make arrangements with your surgery case manager before the day of surgery.

BELONGINGS

  • Don't bring your medication, bring a list;
  • Any medications you bring will be sent to pharmacy and mailed back to your home;
  • Do not bring valuables, jewelry, or money over $20.00 to the hospital—we cannot be responsible for your belongings;
  • Bring your VA or photo ID to pick up your prescriptions

FAMILY AND PATIENTS

  • Please be patient.  The time involved for surgical procedures is unique to each patient.  Safety for each surgery is our main concern;
  • The staff will try to keep you informed of any delays.  If you have concerns feel free to contact any staff for an update.

POST SURGERY

  • Call your case manager, primary care, or the response center if you show signs of infection—redness or heat at the surgical site, fever, swelling, or non-clear drainage;
  • Eating bland, non-spicy foods is recommended.  Drink plenty of fluids, and avoid alcohol for the first 24 hours after surgery to prevent nausea and  help with a full recovery;
  • You may have a sore throat.  This is caused by having a tube placed there to help you breathe during surgery.  This will clear in a few days.  Drinking clear liquids will help soothe this.

Contact Info

Location

  • Room C-4108

Contact Number(s)

  • 888-878-6889
  • 317-988-4134

Hours of Operation

  • Mon, Tue, Thurs., Fri., 0530-1930
    Wed 0630-1930