Day of Surgery

day of surgery
  • You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will drive you home following your surgery. We recommend they stay at the Center or at least be available within 15 minutes notice.
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Leave valuables at home, including billfold and jewelry such as wedding bands, as we cannot be responsible for their safe-keeping.
  • Remove makeup, fingernail polish and contact lenses. No metal clips in hair.
  • Bring your insurance card(s), photo identification and and any applicable insurance co-payment.
  • If you are taking prescription medications, please bring a list with the names and dosages of these medications.
  • You may only take your high blood pressure medication with a sip of water. For all other medications, please check with your doctor and/or the Center's pre-op nurses.
  • When you arrive for surgery, you will meet your nurse, doctor and anesthesiologist. At that time, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about anesthesia and your recovery period.
For Your Safety

Jewelry and body piercing jewelry worn by the Patient during surgery may pose an increased risk for injury. These injuries may include:

  • Physical injury from catching jewelry on bed linen, surgical drapes, or equipment
  • Possible burn from diverted current if a certain type of electrosurgery is used
  • Decreased circulation due to intraoperative swelling requiring emergency removal of the jewelry
  • Aspiration or increased risk of chipped or cracked teeth with tongue or mouth jewelry
  • Pressure injury due to muscle relaxation and surgical positioning

Unfortunately, it may be necessary to reschedule your surgery if you are unable to remove your jewelry prior to surgery. Our goal is to provide the highest standard of care and maintain a safe environment for all our patients. The staff at Prince William Surgery Center appreciates your cooperation.

Before Surgery

For your safety, ALL jewelry must be removed prior to your operation. This includes any body piercing and medic alert bracelets. All of our patients are advised to leave jewelry at home to ensure safekeeping.

You will be instructed to remove all jewelry before arriving for surgery at Prince William Surgery Center. You may need to see a jeweler or other professional prior to surgery for assistance to remove jewelry.

Jewelry includes:

  • All rings, including wedding bands
  • Bracelets, including Medic alert
  • Watches
  • Earrings
  • Necklace
  • All body piercing jewelry, including tongue, chin, lip, nose, nipple, eyebrow, genitalia, naval, ear and so on.